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A 35-year-old member asked:

How is heart disease caused?

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Dr. Christopher Coller
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Many causes: Heart disease can be caused by many things such as genetics or a bacterial infection. Perhaps the most common risk factors are related to lifestyle and thus can be changed. Smoking, excessive alcohol use, obesity, or uncontrolled blood sugars in a diabetic are all important risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Many causes: Congenital (born with it), degenerative (old people), infection, tumor, trauma, drugs (licit and illicit), radiation, diabetes, smoking, excessive alcohol (see drugs), and many rare causes. But the 2 biggest causes are: high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is causing heart disease?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Various causes: Cardiomyopathy is a generic term for abnormal heart muscle. It can be caused by infections, poisons, genetics, and physiologic causes. There are both weak heart and 'strong heart' cardiomyopathies. The cause of someone's cardiomyopathy requires more information than the term cardiomyopathy.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How can meat cause heart disease?

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Dr. Rodney Del Valle
A Verified Doctoranswered
37 years experience
L-Carnitine?: There is a perception that red meat cause heart disease. Not back by strong scientific evidence. But believe due to saturated fat and cholesterol. New studies now link l-carnitine, a compound abundant in red meat to heart disease. Interesting!
A 32-year-old member asked:

How does cholesterol cause heart disease?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 23 years experience
Cholesterol : Deposits in the heart arteries & can cause blockages over time.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does progeria cause heart disease?

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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
Yes: And can usually cause death by the early teens.
San Jose, CA
A 29-year-old member asked:

Does anxiety cause heart disease?

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Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 10 years experience
Anxiety : Patients with anxiety or depression often have abnormal behaviors which can, in turn, affect health. However, it is not clear whether emotional symptoms have direct effects on cardiovascular disease. People with cardiovascular disease are more likely to suffer psychological and emotional effects, which is also common in many other illnesses.

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