What is heart disease?


The World Health Organization estimates that 16.7 million people die of heart disease (also called cardiovascular disease) around the world each year and it is the leading cause of death in Europe. Although cardiovascular disease can refer to various problems with your heart or blood vessels, it is typically used to describe a buildup of fatty plaques in your arteries which can inhibit the blood flow. When the arteries throughout the body slowly narrow and harden this is called atherosclerosis, and when this affects the arteries of the heart it’s called coronary artery disease.

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