Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the events that are associated with any alteration in the functioning of heart and blood vessels and they include:
• coronary heart disease
• cerebrovascular disease
• peripheral arterial disease
• rheumatic heart
• congenital heart disease
• deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
Heart attacks and strokes are acute events and are most commonly caused by a blockage that prevents blood from flowing to the heart or to the brain.
European Society of Cardiology; British Cardiovascular Society; World Heart Federation, Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology; Cardiac Society of Australia & New Zealand; Russian Society of Cardiology.