Cardiovascular Disease

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The Heart

The main function of the heart is to pump blood around the body, which will take oxygen and nutrients to the cells for the essential life processes.

The heart is a muscle. It requires a blood supply to provide it with oxygen and glucose and all other nutrients.

Cardiovascular disease is a disease of the heart and the blood vessels.

Cholesterol can build up in blood vessels and 'clog them up'. This is called Atherosclerosis. 

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Cardiovascular Disease

Atherosclerosis 

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Blood vessels lose elasticity;
  • Heart works harder
  • Heart increases in size
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatty deposits break away;
  • Blocked artery 
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