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The Dangers of Cardiovascular Disease

The Dangers of Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is currently the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for approximately 30% of all deaths.1 Whereas CVD used to be understood in terms of conditions (like atrial fibrillation or hypertension) or events (like myocardial infarction or angina), it is now seen as a "broad spectrum of illnesses comprising hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and aortic vascular disease and their associated complication."2 Not only is CVD the leading cause of death worldwide, it is also one of the leading causes of morbidity and disability as people along the continuum are living in compromised bodies.