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Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is cardiovascular disease (CVD)?

CVD is any disease that affects the heart or blood vessels. This includes heart attack, high cholesterol, and blood clots. The heart pumps blood through blood vessels in your body. Diseases that affect the heart will likely affect your blood vessels as well. Diseases of the blood vessels will eventually affect your heart.

How can CVD be prevented?

Your healthcare provider may recommend you work with a team to manage your blood pressure. The team may include medical experts such as a dietitian, an exercise or physical therapist, and a behavior therapist. Your family members may be included in helping you create lifestyle changes, such as the following:

Prevent Heart Disease

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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