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Many patients have both of the most common causes of heart failure:

  • Coronary artery disease (narrowing or hardening of arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle, usually caused by a buildup of fats and cholesterol)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
Heart failure may also be caused by other conditions that weaken or interfere with the heart, including:
  • Previous heart attack
  • Heart valve disease
  • Damage to the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy)
  • Heart defects present at birth
  • Infection of the heart valves or muscle (endocarditis or myocarditis)
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease

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