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    What is cardio vascular disease?

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    John Stevens

    Exercise Physiologist

    John is an exercise physiologist and owner of Kinetic Medicine, an Exercise Physiology practice with 5 clinics on the NSW Mid North Coast. John is … View Profile

    Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) refers to a category of conditions that affect the heart and its vessels, and is the leading cause of death in Australia. High blood pressure (hypertension) and the thickening of artery walls due to an accumulation of materials such as cholesterol (termed atherosclerosis) significantly predispose an individual to CVD and these can largely be modified with appropriate dietery intake and exercise, although a family history of CVD makes one more likely to have hypertension and atherosclerosis. Specifically CVD can manifest in conditions such as heart failure (where the heart's function is inadequate for the demands of the body), abnormalities in the heart's rhythm (where the electrical impulse which causes the heart's specific action is abnormal or impaired), diseases of the cardiac muscle and stroke.

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