heart disease


Definition of heart disease

: an abnormal condition of the heart or of the heart and circulation (such as coronary heart disease, arrhythmia, or heart-valve defect)

Examples of heart disease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On top of the conditions caused by the heat, warm weather impacts individuals with a host of other illnesses, like heart disease and lung disease, said Baugh. Camille Caldera, BostonGlobe.com, 22 July 2022 Today doctors associate excess weight with medical conditions like heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and depression. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, 19 June 2022 The American Medical Association data says chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes are responsible for up to 75% of all deaths in the U.S. Prabhat Sharma, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Research suggests living near green space and recreating in nature can improve mental health and reduce the risks of certain physical health conditions, like heart disease. Jillian Mock, Time, 27 Apr. 2022 Those who were elderly—in addition to those with pre-existing conditions like heart disease, tuberculosis, or diabetes—were more apt to take a fatal course, Bruessow wrote. Erin Prater, Fortune, 23 Apr. 2022 Jin Dong-yan, a virologist at a Hong Kong university, tells FT that mainland China tends to list chronic illnesses like heart disease as the cause of death rather than COVID-19, even if the person was infected with the coronavirus. Peter Weber, The Week, 18 Apr. 2022 The wider availability of fentanyl, a particularly fast-acting and dangerous drug, has been a major cause of the rising death toll, but many homeless people are dying young of treatable chronic illnesses like heart disease. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2022 That could shed light on a person’s risk factors for genetic conditions like heart disease and depression, Zenhausern said. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of heart disease

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heart disease was in 1830

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5 Aug 2022

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“Heart disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heart%20disease. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition of heart disease

: an abnormal condition of the heart or of the heart and circulation (as coronary heart disease, arrhythmia, or heart-valve defect)

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