Cardiovascular disease

What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) refers to conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. It is an umbrella term that encompasses diseases which affect the circulatory system such as coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, and more.

Some key facts about cardiovascular disease:

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to CVDs. By managing risk factors through lifestyle changes and medication if needed, the likelihood of developing heart disease or stroke can be greatly reduced.

The most important lifestyle changes for preventing CVD are:

Early detection is also key. Getting regularly checked by your doctor can help catch issues before they progress too far. If caught early, many cardiovascular conditions can be managed through lifestyle changes, medication or procedures like stenting or bypass surgery.

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While cardiovascular disease remains highly prevalent, the good news is that much of it is preventable. By living heart-healthy lifestyles and getting screened regularly, our risk is greatly reduced. With early detection and proper management, many people go on to live full, active lives despite CVD diagnoses.

So focus on prevention, but don't panic if issues arise either. There are many treatment options available today that can get your heart back to full health!

Now I'm curious - what lifestyle changes have you made to improve your heart health? Share your best tips and advice below!

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