Cardiovascular Disease (cardiovascular disease; CVD) encompasses diseases that adversely affect your heart and your body’s blood vessel system. In other words, cardio in the name of the disease refers to the heart and vascular refers to the blood vessels.

The vast majority of Cardiovascular Diseases reflect chronic conditions. These ailments develop and manifest themselves over a long period of time. However, some of the cardiovascular diseases can occur in the form of acute events such as sudden heart attacks and strokes when a blockage occurs in a vessel that feeds the heart or brain.

Cardiovascular disease, the most popular use of the term cardiovascular disease, refers to diseases associated with atherosclerosis.