Cardiovascular system diseases and conditions relate to the heart, blood and blood vessels, and can affect the body in general. These include Stroke, High blood pressure, Anemia, High cholesterol and Heart disease. If you have acute chest pain or any other acute or unusual symptoms then consult medical advice immediately. These diseases can sometimes have symptoms which do not initially cause alarm but can be very serious or fatal.
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD - also known as Coronary Artery Disease) is a narrowing of the small blood vessels which supply blood to the heart itself. It is the most common cause of exercise-related death in those over the age of 35. It is also an occasional cause of sudden cardiac death in younger individuals.
A stroke is a serious medical condition caused by a lack of blood flow to part of the brain. This is usually due to a blood clot preventing the blood from reaching the whole brain.
Diabetes (also called diabetes mellitus) is a relatively common condition which affects the levels of sugar in the blood. Up to 2.6 million people in the UK have diabetes, with half a million estimated to be unaware of their condition.
Anemia (anaemia) is a condition related to the number of red blood cells or the hemoglobin (haemoglobin) concentrations in the blood. There are several types of anemia, although the most common is Iron deficiency anemia.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a medical condition which can be caused by a number of factors. Up to 30% of adults have high blood pressure, but many aren't aware of it.
Having 'high cholesterol' is a medical condition which does not have any symptoms but which puts you at higher risk of other conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.
Palpitations are feelings of an irregular heartbeat. They are often described as 'pounding' 'racing' or 'fluttering' and are very common. Palpitations may be a symptom of a cardiovascular condition, although are more commonly completely harmless and not linked to any underlying condition.