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Is coronary heart disease inherited?

Is coronary heart disease inherited?

Sometimes: Some people inherit what are called 'dyslipidemias'- which is a fancy way of saying messed up lipids - that cause coronary disease - but what most people actually inherit are bad habits - bad eating habits, smoking, obesity, lifestyle etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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Is heart disease hereditory?

Is heart disease hereditory?

Yes: Atheroscerotic heart disease is inherited. It is a signigicant risk factor for offspring of heartattack pts. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease and ischemic heart disease?

What is the relationship between coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease and ischemic heart disease?

Same: Basically similar names for the same problem. Each discribes a problem with the circulation of the heart the cornary arteries. ...Read more

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Is inherited heart disease different from other heart disease?

Is inherited heart disease different from other heart disease?

In large part, no.: There are inherited factors that will make a person at high risk for heart disease (atherosclerotic disease). These include abnormal cholesterol profile, diabetes mellitus, family history of heart disease at young age, essential hypertension. So-called environmental factors, such as smoking, obesity, chronic stress, are also important. Aging starts in your twenties. Start a healthy lifestyle today. ...Read more

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Is there a relationship between coronary heart disease, angina, heart failure and heart attack?

Is there a relationship between coronary heart disease, angina, heart failure and heart attack?

Continuum: Coronary disease develops from our lifestyle and as we age real blockage develops in some or all coronary vessels. One or more plaques disrupt and obstruct. If adequate collateral pathways exist may just vagus transient angina or pain. Angina is pain without damage. If not adequate flow, or collateral, acute myocardial infarction- heart attack occurs and that is "damage". Heart failure may follow. ...Read more

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Is congenital heart disease genetic?

Is congenital heart disease genetic?

Some of it: Even though 8 out of every 1000 babies born will have have some form of heart defect, when there is a first line family member affected the number goes up to about 16-30/1000 (for some particular defects this number will be higher) so this would suggest a genetic component...We just haven't learned enough about genetics and the heart to be more precise, but this is changing every day. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease, and ischemic heart disease?

What is the relationship between coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease, and ischemic heart disease?

All related: Ischemic heart disease is caused by coronary artery disease. Some people call coronary artery disease coronary heart disease. When a coronary artery closes up, the heart tissie it supplied may die and that is called a heart attack. The dead heart tissue scars down, when there is a lot of damaged tissue the heart may start failing and that is called ischemic heart disease. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between coronary heart disease, heart disease and cardiovascular disease ?

A bit..: Coronary heart disease is a subset of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease can involve disease of other blood vessels, including the carotid arteries, aorta, and the peripheral blood vessels particularly of the legs. ...Read more

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Is WPW syndrome heart disease?

Is WPW syndrome  heart disease?

Yes: Wolff parkinson white syndrome involves abnormal electrical behavior of the heart producing spasms of palpitations and rapid heart rhythms. The cause is an abnormal electrical structure of the heart which is present at birth. ...Read more

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Is e heart disease hereditary?

Is e heart disease hereditary?

Heart disease : Yes certain forms of heart disease are genetic. ...Read more

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Which heart diseases leads to valvular heart disease?

Which heart diseases leads to valvular heart disease?

Coronary disease/CAD: CAD can lead to weakened or poorly functioning heart muscle. The mitral valve is anchored to that muscle and will leak if CAD is severe enough. Rheumatic heart disease can lead to valve stenosis due to calcification, but has become less likely in the era of antibiotics. Also, being born with a bicuspid aortic valve (normally 3 cusps) can lead to calcification and narrowing at 50-60 years of age. ...Read more

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Which disease is more manageable, coronary heart disease or congestive heart failure?

Serious and manageab: Congestive heart failure is often one of the compications of CAD. Both are serious conditions that can be managed with proper medications, diet, exercise and always addressing the root cause of the problem. ...Read more

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Is coronary heart disease serious?

Is coronary heart disease serious?

Yes.: Coronary heart disease can be serious. However, with modern understanding it can be managed. Drugs like Aspirin can reduce heart attack. Additionally drugs like Plavix (clopidogrel) have been shown to decrease this further. Statin medications can reduce risk for rupture of the plaque which is the precursor step for a sudden heart attack. Additional medications are also helpful in reducing the impact of cad. ...Read more

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Difference in shortness of breath with heart valve disease and coronary heart disease?

Difference in shortness of breath with heart valve disease and coronary heart disease?

Cause: The symptoms will feel the same but the cause could be quite different. When the heart is not getting enough blood, it relaxes poorly after each heart beat. This can cause shortness of breath. In advanced stages, blocked heart arteries cause heart damage, pumping dysfunction, and heart failure. Valve disease can cause relaxation problems and heart damage as well despite normal circulation. ...Read more

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What is the difference between premature coronary heart disease and coronary heart disease?

What is the difference between premature coronary heart disease and coronary heart disease?

Age @ time of dx: Premature basically refers to manifestation of coronary disease and/ or it's diagnosis before age 55 in men and pre-menopausal women. ...Read more

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Is valvular heart disease dangerous?

Is valvular heart disease dangerous?

Yes and no: There are four valves in the heart and a variety of disorders may affect each. Many are benign, but some are progressive and fatal. Specifics will dictate outcome. ...Read more

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Are cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease the same disease?

Are cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease the same disease?

Close: The way i define it is that cardiovascular disease refers to the present of plaque (arterial disease) in the arteries of the heart. Ischemic heart disease means that the disease in the arteries has now decreased the blood flow to the heart and is affecting how it functions. Ischemic heart disease is a subset of cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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Bicuspid heart valve disease causes?

Generally yes: With aging, other factors become superimposed such as onset of coronary disease, hypertension, and senescent changes in diastolic function. Moreover, the involved valve itself may gradually deteriorate. The net effect is often progressive worsening but this may not be noticed since people tend to slow down and do less activity as they age. ...Read more

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