What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease is a chronic condition that affects the heart and blood vessels, and can result in heart disease and stroke.

Cardiovascular disease is often due to the build-up of fatty deposits or ‘plaque’ on the inside wall of the blood vessels that supply your heart, brain and body. The blood vessels become narrower or even blocked by the fatty deposits, so the flow of blood is restricted. When blood supply to the heart is blocked, this results in heart attack. When blood supply to the brain is blocked, this results in stroke. 

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke are preventable.

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For more information on heart disease visit The Heart Foundation website

For more information on stroke visit The Stroke Foundation website