What is Heart Disease?

When people talk about heart disease, a heart attack is usually the first thing they think of. A heart attack (also called a myocardial infarction) tends to be sudden, severe and intense pain in the chest and the effects can be dramatic. A heart attack is caused by damage to an area of the heart due to a lack of blood supply.

A heart attack is only one type of heart disease. There are a number of other conditions that come under the umbrella of heart disease:

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