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What are the most common causes of heart failure?

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The most common causes of heart failure are coronary artery disease and high blood pressure. Coronary artery disease is the narrowing or hardening of arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle, usually caused by a buildup of fats and cholesterol. High blood pressure is also called hypertension. Many people with heart failure also have both of these conditions.

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Silver, W., ''Success With Heart Failure: Help and Hope for Those with Congestive Heart Failure,'' HarperCollins, 3rd edition October 16, 2002. 

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on February 20, 2017

SOURCES: 

Silver, W., ''Success With Heart Failure: Help and Hope for Those with Congestive Heart Failure,'' HarperCollins, 3rd edition October 16, 2002. 

American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on February 20, 2017

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