What is Cardiovascular Disease?
It is a collective term for diseases of the heart and blood vessels. The term commonly includes diseases such as coronary heart disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, peripheral vascular disease and stroke. Many of these conditions can be life-threatening.
How can physiotherapy help me if I have a type of cardiovascular disease?
Physiotherapy-led cardiac rehabilitation (CR) can reduce the risk of death due to heart problems, can increase overall good health and quality of life, reduce time spent in hospital due to cardiac issues and lessen the number of hospital visits due to heart problems.
What are the common causes of cardiovascular disease?
High blood pressure
High total blood cholesterol
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Excess weight and physical inactivity
Ageing and menopause
Depression and feeling alone
How do I know I have cardiovascular disease?
There are different types of cardiovascular disease. Symptoms will vary, depending on the specific type of disease a patient has. However, typical symptoms of an underlying cardiovascular issue include:
Pain or discomfort in the arms, the left shoulder, elbows, jaw, or back
Shortness of breath, also known as dyspnoea
Light-headed or faint
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