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how is heart disease caused?

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Dr. Christopher Coller
12 years experience Family Medicine
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.
Answered on Apr 1, 2014
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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
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).
Answered on Jul 4, 2013

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