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Cardiovascular disease and heart disease: What's the difference?

July 01, 2019

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Q. I have read articles that use the terms cardiovascular disease and heart disease interchangeably. Are they the same? And should I be more concerned with one than the other?

A. The term cardiovascular disease is broad and a bit vague. Its definition encompasses heart disease and much more.

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