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    What are the symptoms of cardio vascular disease?

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    Nicole Senior

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    Unfortunately there are none until things get really bad and that's the problem. With no symptoms you could think there's nothing wrong when there is. Sadly the first sign of coronary heart disease for many people is dying suddenly from a heart attack. When atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is advanced then you can experience angina- pain in the chest from the heart muscle not getting enough blood due to narrowing of the blood vessels. Pain can be experienced elsewhere in the body such as the legs for the same reason and this is called peripheral vascular disease. It's best to be proactive about cardiovascular disease (CVD) and make sure you know your risk factors and do something to reduce them: stop smoking, reduce cholesterol and blood pressure and waist size and blood glucose levels. Eating a heart-friendly diet and being physically active on a regular basis is great for prevention as well as improving risk factors once you have them. For more detailed information about how to do this, check out Eat to Beat Cholesterol available here

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