Cardiovascular disease refers to many different diseases of the circulatory system including the heart and blood vessels. Diseases of the blood vessels may impact other organs (brain, kidneys) or areas of the body (extremities). Reduce your risks of cardiovascular disease by being active, eating well, reducing alcohol consumption, and living smoke-free. High blood pressure increases the risk of all other cardiovascular diseases and is often modifiable with lifestyle changes.
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