Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels.
It's usually associated with a build-up of fatty deposits inside the arteries known as Atherosclerosis and an increased risk of blood clots . It can also be associated with damage to arteries in organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys and eyes.
CVD is one of the main causes of death anddisabilityin the UK, but it can often largely beprevented with a healthy lifestyle.
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Find out what cardiovascular disease (CVD) is, what problems it can cause, why it happens and how you can reduce your risk.
There are many different types of CVD. Four of the main types are described below. Coronary heart disease Coronary heart disease occurs when the flow of oxygen-rich blood tothe heart muscle is block