What is Heart Disease?
Abbreviated to CVD, cardiovascular disease includes conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels.
The most common CVDs include:
- Heart failure: Your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs
- Arteriosclerosis: The walls of your arteries thicken and harden
- Heart Valve Disease: One or more of your four heart valves don’t work properly
- Arrhythmia: The rhythm at which your heart beats is abnormal
- Hypertension: Your blood pressure is high, or exceeds 140 over 90
- Shock: There’s a sudden drop in blood flow throughout the body
- Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD): A disorder that affects your blood vessels, though the term, PVD, is often used as a synonym for peripheral artery disease
- Congenital Heart Disease: An abnormality in your heart’s structure that you’re born with
- Stroke: The sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood flow or rupture of an artery to your brain
Make healthy living a habit because your heart is your life force and only YOU can protect it.