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Cardiovascular Disease

  • Diseases of the heart and diseases of the blood vessel system (arteries, capillaries & veins) within a person’s entire body such as the brain, legs and lungs.
  • “Cardio” refers to the heart and “vascular” refers to the blood vessel system.
  • Over time, the arteries that bring blood to the heart and brain can become blocked from a buildup of cells, fat and cholesterol (plaque).
  • Reduced blood flow to the heart from blockages in the arteries causes heart attacks. Lack of blood flow to the brain from a blood clot or bleeding in the brain from a broken blood vessel causes a stroke.