Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term used to describe the diseases of the circulatory system (heart and blood vessels). They are the leading cause of death in Canadian adults. Many CVDs are preventable.
The most common CVDs are:
- ischemic heart disease, which may lead to heart attack
- peripheral vascular disease
- heart failure
Other CVDs include:
- rheumatic heart disease
- congenital heart disease
Updated 20 Nov 2019
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