Heart Failure

Heart Failure Causes

Heart Failure Causes

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

This is the most common cause of heart failure in the U.S. today. CAD causing obstruction to the coronary arteries prevents blood flow and, therefore, oxygen delivery to the heart. CAD is a manifestation of atherosclerosis, which can affect any artery of the body. Risk factors for CAD also include smoking, high cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes.

Hypertension

This is more commonly known as high blood pressure. It is a condition that is treatable and simple to diagnose with a blood pressure cuff. Although most individuals will not have symptoms, hypertension is detected by a simple measurement with a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope. It is also a risk factor for CAD, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, or kidney impairment.

Diseased Heart Valves

A condition that occurs when the valves between the chambers of the heart are too tight or leaking.

Cardiomyopathy

A disease of the heart muscle caused by a variety of other illnesses:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome
  3. Alcohol, or drug abuse
  4. failure to take medications
  5. large salt intake in diet
  6. Arrhythmias

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  1. i think in your images you have systolic and diastolic labels reversed. Diastolic typically preserved EF and thick wall whereas systolic is dilated heart with reduced ef.

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