Cardiovascular disease is a term that describes a group of disorders that affect the heart and blood vessels. According to the World Health Organization, they’re the number one cause of death globally .
Some of the main types of cardiovascular disease include:
- Coronary heart disease
- Peripheral arterial disease
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Types of Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular diseases are commonly occur when the blood flow to either the heart, brain or the body is reduced because of a build up of the fatty deposits in the arteries or a blood clot .
The main types of cardiovascular disease include the following:
Coronary heart disease
Coronary heart disease occurs when your heart’s blood supply is blocked by a buildup of fatty materials in the coronary arteries. If this builds up, it can restrict the blood supply to your heart and cause chest pains.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a certain part of your brain becomes interrupted. This can prevent the brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients .
It’s important to remember that a stroke is a serious medical condition and must be treated like so - the earlier treatment is received, the less damage is likely to occur.
Peripheral arterial disease
Peripheral arterial disease is a common circulatory issue that occurs when there’s a blockage in the arteries to your limbs - usually your legs. One of the best ways to prevent this is by maintaining healthy lifestyle .
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