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How can you get heart failure?

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Heart failure usually doesn't sneak up on people, but develops over time and for a number of reasons.

Certain problems can make your heart work harder than it should and weaken the muscle. Some of these are:

Things like drinking too much alcohol, smoking, and using illegal drugs are all known to damage your heart.

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Past heart attack
  • Being too overweight

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Who Is at Risk for Heart Failure?"

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "About Heart Failure."

CDC: "Heart Disease and Stroke."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Who Is at Risk for Heart Failure?"

Mayo Clinic: "Heart Failure."

American Heart Association: "About Heart Failure."

CDC: "Heart Disease and Stroke."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 6, 2019

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