U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
CA
A 35-year-old member asked:

How is heart disease caused?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
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).

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 40-year-old member asked:

What is causing heart disease?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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?

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
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?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
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.

Related questions

A 35-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 38-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 35-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 37-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Last updated May 12, 2014

People also asked

Related topics

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.