What Is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease includes a range of problems that involve the heart or blood vessels. Read these facts to learn more about cardiovascular disease and what you can do to help prevent it.

Many things can raise your risk of having cardiovascular disease.

They include:


Ask your health care provider if you are at risk of cardiovascular disease.

Signs and symptoms of heart disease

Know the signs and symptoms of heart disease. They can be mild or severe. Some people with heart disease have no signs or symptoms.

Below are some symptoms of heart disease:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Numbness or pain in your arms
  • Heartbeat is not regular
  • Heartbeat is too fast
  • Feeling sick to your stomach, or nauseous
  • Sweating
  • Feeling weak or dizzy


Talk to your health care provider if you have any symptoms of heart disease. Also call your health care provider right away if your symptoms happen more often or feel like they are getting worse.

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