heart disease

any condition of the heart that impairs its functioning.


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heart disease n.
A structural or functional abnormality of the heart, or of the blood vessels supplying the heart, that impairs its normal functioning.

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Example sentences
He had not been complaining of ill health, but no doubt died of heart disease.
Inactivity is one of the major risk factors for heart disease.
Hypertensive heart disease refers to heart problems that occur because of high
  blood pressure.
Control other risk factors for heart disease by maintaining a healthy weight
  and exercising regularly.
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