Greetings readers, welcome to the Avidhrt blog your spot for heart health knowledge! Our hope is to educate you about your heart health. Today we are going to start with the basics and cover 3 of the most common types of heart disease.
What are the different types of heart disease?
The term heart disease is an umbrella term that refers to a wide variety of cardiovascular problems. We are going to be covering some of the most common ones in this article.
If you’ve ever felt your heart skip a beat or flutter then you have experienced an arrhythmia. Abnormal heart rhythms can be heartbeats that are too fast or slow depending on the type of arrhythmia. Symptoms of an arrhythmia are most commonly:
Fluttering heart or racing heartbeat
Causes of an abnormal heart rhythm include:
Coronary artery disease (CAD)
Heart defects, including congenital heart defects
Medications, supplements, and herbal remedies
High blood pressure (hypertension)
Excessive alcohol or caffeine use
Substance use disorders
Stress and anxiety
Existing heart damage or disease
Cardiomyopathy causes the heart muscles to grow larger and turn rigid, thick, or weak. Symptoms of this condition include:
Swollen legs, especially ankles and feet
Shortness of breath
pounding or rapid pulse
3. Heart Infections
Endocarditis or Myocarditis are the two types of heart infections. Symptoms of a heart infection include:
Chest congestion or coughing
Heart Infection Causes
Heart infections are caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses. Leaving a heart infection untreated can cause harm the heart.
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