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)

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That's important to note because people who don't smoke but are exposed to secondhand smoke can still be at risk for heart disease, lung cancer and stroke. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for July 12: Barry, politics, R. Kelly, immigrants, secondhand smoke," 12 July 2019 Most dietary supplements do nothing to protect against heart attacks, stroke or deaths from heart disease, and some may even cause harm, according to a newpaper published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Most dietary supplements do not protect against heart attack and stroke," 8 July 2019 And Alabama has some of the highest rates in the nation of chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity, which can endanger pregnant women. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al.com, "7 takeaways from AL.com’s report on pregnancy and childbirth deaths in Alabama," 10 June 2019 There are the human health issues around eating red and processed meat, which is associated with heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Alice Park, Time, "Why We Don't Need Animals to Keep Enjoying Meat," 6 June 2019 Because the Penn study was observational, the researchers could not show that Medicaid expansion caused a decline in deaths from heart disease, only that the two trends went hand in hand. Tom Avril, https://www.inquirer.com, "2,000 fewer people died of heart disease each year in states that expanded Medicaid, Penn study finds," 5 June 2019 The workshop discusses ways to effectively manage chronic health conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and anxiety, among others. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local ‘royalty’ attends Honorary Mayor Scholarship Fundraiser," 3 June 2019 As drug and suicide mortality has risen, deaths from heart disease, the nation’s leading killer, went down only slightly, failing to offset the increases in mortality from other causes and prolonging another worrisome trend. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "U.S. Life Expectancy Falls Further," 29 Nov. 2018 Barrett-Connor, who only retired last year, was best known as the founder of the Rancho Bernardo Study, which began in 1972 as a straight-forward look at lipids, a fatty substance in blood that can cause heart disease. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, a UCSD researcher who transformed the treatment of heart disease, dies at 84," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of heart disease

1830, in the meaning defined above

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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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