Cardiovascular diseases

Isquemic Heart Disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels, caused by damage to the heart or blood vessels by atherosclerosis. Fatty plaque buildup that thickens and stiffens artery walls, which can inhibit blood flow through the arteries to the organs and tissues, and  can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart's muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease symptoms may be different for men and women and symptoms can include, chest pain (angina), shortness of breath, pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms if the blood vessels in those parts of your body are narrowed, pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back. Some of the risk factor for developing heart disease may include, age, sex, family history, smoking, unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, alcohol consumption, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices.

HEARTS in the Americas

HEARTS is an initiative to disseminate best practices for the prevention and management of cardiovascular diseases. 

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World Hypertension Day

World Hypertension Day is observed every May 17th in order to raise awareness and promote hypertension prevention, detection and control. High blood pressure is the main risk factor to develop cardiovascular disease.

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