Heart Failure - Cause
Heart failure can be caused by any problem that damages your heart or affects how well it works.
Problems that damage the heart
muscle High blood pressure Heart attack Coronary artery disease Diabetes that isn't
controlled Alcohol, illegal drugs (such as
cocaine), and some prescription medicines (such as those for
chemotherapy) Heart problems you've
had from birth (congenital heart disease) Infection or inflammation of the heart muscle (such
myocarditis) Things that damage the heart's
valves Valve problems you've had
since birth Infection of a heart valve (endocarditis) Aging Rheumatic fever Problems with the heart's electrical
system Fast, slow, or irregular heart rhythms,
atrial fibrillation Electrical
signals that don't flow as they should from the upper to the lower part of the
heart (heart block) Other problems Disease of the sac
around the heart (pericarditis) Postpartum heart failure.
This rare problem can happen late in a
woman's pregnancy or within the first 5 months after
such as too much sodium or not taking medicines the right way, may
suddenly make heart failure worse. This can sometimes cause deadly
problems such as
pulmonary edema or
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 08, 2013
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