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Causes of Cardiovascular Conditions Include Inherited Predispositions and Lifestyle Factors                    

There are many different causes of cardiovascular conditions, and it’s crucial to determine which ones are involved in a patient’s unique diagnosis to determine the most appropriate treatment plan. Many heart diseases, such as coronary heart disease, are caused by correctable problems and lifestyle choices. Others, such as congenital heart disease, are inherited at birth.

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Several common causes of cardiovascular conditions include:

  • Diets high in fat and low in fiber
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking or being regularly exposed to secondhand smoke
  • Having a genetic predisposition to (or a family history of) heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol and/or caffeine
  • Stress
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood vessel inflammation
  • Low estrogen levels after menopause (in women)

Sometimes, cardiovascular problems are caused by prescription medications or treatments for other, unrelated conditions, such as cancer. For instance, cardiotoxicity (damage to the heart muscle) is a common side effect of chemotherapy.

At Tampa General Hospital, we provide comprehensive, individualized treatment for a wide range of heart, artery, and vein-related conditions. Our experienced cardiologists can assess each patient’s unique situation to determine the most likely causes of their condition, then help them determine which lifestyle changes and medical treatments are most appropriate for their needs. Our cardiovascular treatments include stent placement, coronary bypass surgery, pacemaker placement, and – in cases of irreversible heart failure – transplantation. In situations where medications or other, unrelated medical treatments are negatively impacting a patient’s heart function and serving as direct causes of the cardiovascular conditions being experienced, our team can work hand-in-hand with a patient’s other physicians to find better alternatives.