- any condition of the heart that impairs its functioning.
Origin of heart disease
First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for heart disease
You're not going to spring anything so pat as heart-disease on us?Questionable Shapes
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Pennington Lawton had died of heart-disease, so said the coroner.The Crevice
William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
She had danced too much at the ball that night, and she had died suddenly of heart-disease.Shapes that Haunt the Dusk
I recalled he had written to us that he was suffering from heart-disease, and I was alarmed for him.The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn
He died at Baden-Baden of heart-disease on the 28th of May 1910.
- 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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