A list of diseases that can lead to heart disease include diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, according to Mayo Clinic. Kawasaki disease and high blood pressure can also lead to heart disease, says WebMD, as can ankylosing spondylitis, claims the Spondylitis Association of America.
Diabetes is a disease where the body can no longer process glucose the way it should, says Mayo Clinic. Glucose is the body's source of energy, so diabetes can lead to many complications, including heart disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own joints and other organs, states Mayo Clinic. If it is left untreated, rheumatoid arthritis can lead to atherosclerosis and an inflammation of the sac that encloses the heart, a condition called pericarditis.
The symptoms of Kawasaki disease can be traumatic to witness, but most children recover from it. However, if it is not treated, it can lead to damaged arteries that can make a child more at risk for a heart attack when she grows up. High blood pressure is notorious for leading to not only heart disease, but to strokes as well, says WebMD.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that attacks the spine, says the Spondylitis Association of America. It can cause deformities but can also lead to inflammation near the base of the heart, as well as heart blockage and leaking valves.