Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease includes heart attacks, angina, strokes and circulation problems. Most heart attacks and strokes are preventable, yet one New Zealander dies of Cardiovascular disease every hour.

Causes

Over time fatty deposits can build up in the artery walls causing narrowing. A blot clot may form on top of this, blocking the artery. If this happens in the arteries that supply blood to your heart, it will cause a heart attack. If it is in the arteries to your brain, it will cause a stroke.

Knowing your risk and making lifestyle changes increases your chances of enjoying a long and healthy life. Don't find out too late!

Reducing your risk

Things we can't change:

  • Family history of heart attacks or strokes
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity

Things we can change:

  • Exercise
  • Healthy weight
  • Lower cholestrol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Be smokefree
  • Control blood sugar