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Cardiovascular diseases

Cardiovascular conditions are very common and affect your heart and blood vessels.

The heart is a muscular organ around the size of your fist, found in the left side of your chest. Every day it pumps around 2,000 gallons of blood through a network of veins and arteries known as the cardiovascular system.

The most common type of cardiovascular disease are conditions that narrow or block blood vessels (known as coronary heart disease). This affects over 7.5 million people in the UK and can lead to a heart attack, angina and stroke.

Early diagnosis and treatment is vital, so don’t hesitate to talk to a doctor.

Angina is chest pain that’s caused by a lack of blood flowing to the heart.
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Atrial fibrillation
Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition where you have an unusually high and irregular heartbeat which may cause palpitations.
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Aortic aneurysm
An aortic aneurysm happens when part of the aorta – the body’s largest blood vessel – gets weak and swells up.
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Cardiomyopathy is a disease that alters the makeup of the heart muscle and makes the heart less efficient at pumping blood around the body.
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Cardiovascular disease
Cardiovascular disease is a term for many conditions that affect your heart or blood vessels and circulation.
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Congenital heart disease
Congenital heart disease is a term for a range of heart problems that are present from birth.
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Heart attack
A heart attack happens when the blood supply to the heart is suddenly blocked.
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Heart block
Heart block is a condition where the heart beats more slowly or with an irregular rhythm, caused by a problem in your heart’s electrical system.
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Heart Failure
Heart failure means that the heart is too weak or stiff to pump blood around the body efficiently.
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High blood pressure (hypertension) It’s a common condition that puts pressure on your arteries and forces the heart to work harder.
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Peripheral arterial disease
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition that restricts the blood supply to the legs, often causing pain in the legs.
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A stroke is a serious medical emergency that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted.
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Blood clot (thrombosis)
A blood clot consists of congealed blood that blocks the flow of blood in the body.
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Varicose veins
Varicose veins usually affect the legs and feet – they are swollen, twisted veins that may be bulgy or lumpy and blue or dark purple.
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