Heart Disease affects many people in the U.S. each year, and the number is growing. Along with heart disease comes the risk of heart failure. Though heart disease isn’t the only cause of heart failure, it does greatly increase your risk.
Understanding how heart disease and other conditions cause heart failure is the first step to understanding how you can cut your risk factors.
How Heart Disease Causes Heart Failure
Any condition that damages or overworks the heart muscle can lead to heart failure. As the heart weakens over time, the damaged proteins and substances are released into the bloodstream, which can worsen heart failure.
When heart disease is present, plaque builds up in the arteries that provide blood flow to the heart. When those arteries narrow and the blood flow to your heart is reduced, the heart muscle has to work harder in order to get enough blood to sustain it. If the condition is left untreated, it can cause angina (a pain in the chest), heart attack, or permanent heart damage.