What causes heart failure

The heart is a muscle that pumps the blood and helps it circulate through our body. It’s a hard working muscle and over time our heart gets worn out and not to mention there are conditions that damage our heart and sometimes makes the heart work even harder which then causes stress to our heart and wears it out even faster.

So, what causes heart failure? It is not always necessarily aging or sickness, we actually damage our heart with our day to day living.

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Making poor choices as in smoking, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, even food abuse is what causes heart failure in the long run.

There are medical conditions as to what causes heart failure. The most common condition that could lead to heart failure is coronary artery disease or CAD. This is when there is a buildup of plaque in the arteries, also known as atherosclerosis, and so less blood gets in the heart. CAD could lead to high blood pressure and this, over time what causes heart failure.

Myocardial infarction is when the muscle gets blocked and the lack of oxygen and nutrients damages the tissues of the heart which essentially a part of it dies and due to this the heart’s ability to pump blood is weakened and over time what causes heart failure.

High blood pressure or hypertension seems so natural because too many people suffer from this – it’s getting so common. When hypertension is not controlled or monitored over a period of time it causes such damage to the heart. It makes the heart pump harder to get the blood circulating through the body. This causes such wear and tear on the heart that if left unattended could be what causes heart failure.

Endocarditis is a disease of the heart valve and is usually a defect at birth. This is when the valves do not open nor close completely with each heartbeat and thus makes the heart pump harder so as to keep the heart moving. This could cause heart failure when the heart works too hard for too long.

Congenital heart disease or defect is when the heart’s chambers are not formed correctly and the healthier parts then work harder to compensate for the weaker parts. Once again, over time, this leads to heart failure for the healthy parts could only for hard for so long until it gives in.

Any disease to the heart muscle or any damage to the heart, for however or whatever reason, increases the risk of heart failure be it due from myocarditis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and/or dilated cardiomyopathy.

Diabetes increases the risk of heart failure. Most patients with diabetes suffer from hypertension and have plaque buildup on the arteries and these have known to cause heart failure. Any lung problems or diseases also affect the heart. When the lung don’t work normally or property the heart works harder to get oxygen to help the rest of the body function normally. Again, making the hear work too hard could damage it and thus lead to heart failure.

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