Cardio (heart) vascular (blood vessel) disease (CVD) is the number one killer of women and men. Healthy blood vessels are open and clear carrying blood and oxygen throughout the body. Overtime blood vessels can become thick and hard blocking blood flow. This is called atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. Blood vessel damage occurs throughout the body and can affect every organ.
CVD can lead to: Heart attack, Angina (chest pain), Heart failure, Stroke, Chest and abdomen aneurysms (weak/bulging blood vessels)
PAD (peripheral artery disease) blockage in legs, Leg cramps/pain while walking and impotence may be early warning signs of CVD, talk to your doctor.
Source: UH (University Hospital UH Elyria Medical Center booklet 2018
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