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Cardiovascular Diseases

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in developed countries [2]. We are committed to finding solutions and supporting cardiovascular health.


Working against one of today’s biggest health problems

Worldwide, cardiovascular diseases are responsible for an estimated 17.5 million deaths each year – around one in every three.[1] The WHO estimates that, by 2030, this death toll will rise to around 24 million.[2]

The term “cardiovascular disease” refers to a range of problems with the heart and blood vessels. Some of the most common are:           

Angina pectoris: Chest pain that results from the heart not getting enough oxygen, a common symptom of CAD. 

Arrhythmia: Any change in the normal rhythm of the heartbeat. 

Chronic heart failure: Where the heart cannot pump enough blood through the body.                                              

Coronary artery disease (CAD): A narrowing of the arteries that supply the heart with blood.

Heart attack: An interruption of blood supply to the heart muscle that results from blocked arteries.

Hypertension (high blood pressure): Occurs when blood pressure is constantly elevated above recommended limits.

Stroke: Damage to nerve cells in the brain caused by a lack of oxygen.

Peripheral vascular disease: A narrowing of the arteries leading away from the heart, usually in the legs, lower arms, or hands.

An unhealthy lifestyle increases the chance of developing cardiovascular diseases. Some of the major risk factors are smoking, obesity, diabetes and lack of exercise. Cardiovascular diseases will remain a serious health problem in the years to come. Our company is aiming to help reducing their impact.

 

[1]   WHO. Cardiovascular disease. Available at: http://www.who.int/cardiovascular_diseases/en/. Last access May 2017.

[2]   WHO. Cardiovascular disease. About cardiovascular diseases. Available at: http://www.who.int/cardiovascular_diseases/about_cvd/en/. Last access May 2017.  

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