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Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure

While those are the most common causes of heart failure, other conditions can also bring it on. These include: • Faulty or damaged heart valves. Your heart has valves to keep the blood flowing in the proper direction through the heart’s chambers. When a valve is faulty or damaged, your heart has to work harder to keep blood flowing in the right direction. This causes the heart to weaken over time. PLAY VIDEO Hypertension Hypertension video • Damage to the heart muscle itself. Sometimes called cardiomyopathy, the heart can be directly damaged by infection, drug abuse, or even the effects of some types of chemotherapy. Your genetic background can also play a role in heart muscle damage. 5


Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure
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