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The Different Types of Heart Disease

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.

1. Arrhythmias

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:

  • Fainting spells

  • Dizziness

  • Chest pain

  • Lightheadedness

  • Fluttering heart or racing heartbeat

  • Slow pulse

Arrhythmia Causes

Causes of an abnormal heart rhythm include:

  • Diabetes

  • 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

2. Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy causes the heart muscles to grow larger and turn rigid, thick, or weak. Symptoms of this condition include:

  • Fatigue

  • Bloating

  • 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 pain

  • Chest congestion or coughing

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Skin rash

Heart Infection Causes

Heart infections are caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses. Leaving a heart infection untreated can cause harm the heart.

Thanks for reading everyone. If you want to learn more about why doctors visits aren’t enough when it comes to detecting arrhythmias then click here!


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