Cardiovascular disease, is any of the diseases, whether congenital or acquired, of the heart and blood vessels. Among the most important are atherosclerosis, rheumatic heart disease, and vascular inflammation. Cardiovascular diseases are a major cause of health problems and death in developed countries. Life depends on the functioning of the heart; thus, the heart is involved in all death, but this does not account for its prominence in causing death.
To some degree, as medical science advances, more people are saved from other illnesses only to die from one of the unsolved and uncontrolled disorders of the cardiovascular system. Some forms of cardiovascular diseases are becoming less frequent causes of death, and continued research and preventive measures may provide even greater benefits.
Use the Library catalogue to being your research on cardiovascular disease.
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Issues in Society
- Encyclopedia Britannica
- World Book Encyclopedia
- Australian Health Trends 2001, 614.42 DEL
- Human Diseases and Conditions, Vol. 2, pp.416-425 -616.003 HUM
- The Marshall Cavendish Encyclopedia of Family Health, Volume 3, pp.655-666. 613.03 MAR
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- Australian Government. Department of Health: Cardiovascular disease
- Baker Heat & Diabetes Institute: What is cardiovascular disease?
- Heart Foundation: Heart disease in Australia
- Health Direct: Heart problems and cardiovascular health
- Nutrition Australia: Cardiovascular Health [2 page PDF]
Exercise and heart disease:
- Harvard Medical School. Harvard Health Publishing. The Many ways exercise helps your heart
- Heart Foundation: Exercise after a heart attack
- Heart Research Australia: Exercise
Heart disease and food:
- Better Health Channel: Heart disease and food
- Heart Foundation: Healthy eating
- Queensland Government. Department of Health: Cardiac rehabilitation. Eating for a healthy heart
- Better Health Channel: Heart disease - know your risk
- Heart Research Australia: Risk factors
- World Heart Foundation: Cardiovascular risk factors