Cardiovascular Diet

Cardiovascular Diet

Cardiovascular disease is a general term that refers to diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Aortic disease

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death and premature death in the UK. There are several risk factors for cardiovascular disease:

  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • High blood cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Family history
  • Ethnic background

Many of the deaths associated with cardiovascular disease could be prevented by making lifestyle changes such as increasing physical activity, stopping smoking, eating a healthy (cardioprotective) diet and achieving a healthy body weight.

Further Information

The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s leading heart charity dedicated to fighting heart disease.

NHS Choices