cardiovascular disease

cardiovascular disease

noun
a disease of the heart or blood vessels 
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cardiovascular disease

any of the diseases, whether congenital or acquired, of the heart and blood vessels. Among the most important are atherosclerosis, rheumatic heart disease, and vascular inflammation. Cardiovascular diseases are a major cause of health problems and death in developed countries.

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