The cardiovascular system is made up of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD), as defined by the American Heart Association (AHA), include:
Approximately 58 million Americans have one or more forms of CVD.
Each year cardiovascular diseases top the list of the country's most serious health problems.
Coronary heart disease is the number one killer, and stroke is the the number three killer. Stroke is also the number one cause of serious, long-term disability.
Source: American Heart Association
Yet studies show that nearly everyone can become heart healthy by:
Most important to toppling cardiovascular diseases as the number one cause of disability and death are early detection and early treatment.
At University of Maryland Medicine, the health care professionals, programs and facilities of our Heart Center provide the full spectrum of cardiac care services -- from education, nutrition and exercise programs to the very latest evaluation and intervention procedures.
Chest Pain - Sudden Lightheadedness, Numbness, Nausea, Confusion ...?
These and other signs and symptoms may indicate heart attack or brain attack. If you (or someone else) experience these warning signs,
Call 911 or immediately go to the nearest emergency room.