The terms “Heart Disease” and “Cardiovascular Disease” are often used to mean the same thing. Therefore, we are describing the overlap and similarity between the two terms in our following definition of “Cardiovascular Disease”.
Although most people think of heart disease and stroke as two different diseases, they’re really part of the same basic problem. If we break this term down, the first part, cardio means heart, and the second part, vascular means blood vessels, or the pipelines which carry the blood from the heart throughout the body. There are also very important blood vessels which carry blood to the heart, itself, called coronary blood vessels. The heart can’t do its job of supplying blood to the body without the blood vessels, and the blood vessels can’t do their job of carrying nourishment throughout the body unless the heart pumps the blood out effectively, so that’s why they, together make up the cardiovascular system.
Information on various cardiovascular conditions can be found in our Major Killers and Disablers of Minorities including angina, arteriosclerosis, high blood cholesterol, heart attack, congestive heart failure, hypertension and stroke. There is helpful information on how to decrease one’s risk for these conditions, as well as the early warning signals for heart attack and stroke. Click here for more information on cardiovascular disease, or heart disease.