What is cardiovascular disease?
Cardiovascular disease is also known as heart and circulatory disease, and this term covers all diseases that affect the heart and circulatory system. It’s the most common cause of death in the UK and includes coronary heart disease, angina, heart attack and stroke.
High blood pressure
High blood cholesterol
Being overweight or obese
A family history of heart disease
Age – as you get older, your risk increases
Ethnic group – some ethnic groups have a higher risk of heart disease. South Asian people living in the UK have a higher risk that the rest of the UK population.