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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Inflammation in the body is linked to a number of illnesses and poor health outcomes, including heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "Everything You Should Know Before Taking Fish Oil Supplements," 21 Aug. 2018 Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer, according to a BMJ study. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "Burned-Out Doctors Make Twice as Many Errors. The Business World Could Offer a Solution," 10 July 2018 Though the staff helped Ramar manage these issues, he was afflicted with a number of geriatric ailments, including degenerative heart disease and degenerative arthritis. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "Ramar, western lowland gorilla who was Brookfield Zoo's oldest animal, dies at 50," 12 Apr. 2018 Obesity can increase the risk of a number of serious and often deadly diseases and conditions, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Sam Stebbins, USA TODAY, "Here is the most obese county in every U.S. state," 21 Mar. 2018 This smoke can also exacerbate pre-existing health issues, which is why people with heart disease, lung disease, asthma, and chest pain are at a greater risk for issues, per the CDC. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The Dangerous Health Risks That Could Follow the California Wildfires," 16 Nov. 2018 Gorillas in zoos have also been found to exhibit high rates of heart disease, not prevalent among wild gorillas, researchers told The Atlantic. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "New ape in town: Kwame makes rare alpha-male debut at Woodland Park Zoo," 9 Nov. 2018 And research has shown that women in America are more likely to be misdiagnosed with heart disease, which can have fatal consequences. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Women Describe How Hard It Was to Get Chronic Illness Diagnosed," 19 Oct. 2018 Also, children with morbid obesity, on long-term aspirin therapy, immunosuppression, residing in a chronic care facility, or with chronic medical conditions, such as congenital heart disease, asthma, diabetes. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Flu Symptoms in Kids Come Suddenly, But You Can Act Fast If You Know What to Look For," 19 Oct. 2018

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1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heart disease was in 1830

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Medical Definition of heart disease 

: an abnormal organic condition of the heart or of the heart and circulation

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