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Types of Heart Disease

Learn more about the different types of heart disease and their common risk factors.

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Heart Disease, also known as Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), is a broad term which describes a group of heart-related conditions.

The most common types of heart disease include Coronary Heart Disease, Coronary Artery Spasm, Coronary Slow Flow Phenomenon, Tako-tsubo Cardiomyopathy, Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Valvular Heart Disease and Arrhythmias.

These are described below in more detail:

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The most common types of heart disease include:

Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • High body mass index (being overweight or obese)
  • Insufficient physical activity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Low fruit and vegetable intake (poor diet)
  • Age, sex, inherited genes or sharing an environment of risky health behaviours can also increase risk.

Conditions such as diabetes, anxiety and depression can increase a person’s risk of developing CVD.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having regular check-ups with your doctor can dramatically reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

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