Understanding Cardiovascular Disease

Thursday, September 29th, is World Heart Day, a movement powered by the World Heart Federation to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease or CVD. Cardiovascular diseases include diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Some of the most common types of CVD include:

  • WCC2016_CVDs_infographic-2.jpgArrhythmia
  • Aorta disease
  • Cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve disease
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Pericardial disease
  • Vascular (blood vessel) disease

The infographic shown here provides some global statistics about CVD as the world’s most common cause of death. You can download a copy from the World Heart Federation here. While risk factors and causes of CVD vary and are certainly not all preventable or avoidable, there are some risk factors for certain types of CVD that we can work to reduce.

the World Heart Federation states, “..much CVD can be prevented by making just a few simple daily changes, like eating and drinking more healthily, getting more exercise, and stopping smoking.” That is, “Controlling key risk factors such as diet, physical activity, tobacco use, and blood pressure may reduce your risk for CVD.”

At LH, we love the World Heart Federation’s action statement:

Custom-engraved medical ID tags for heart conditions and blood thinner useFuel your heart.

Move your heart.

Love your heart.

And power your life.


Of course, we would add, “Wear your heart!” because wearing medical ID jewelry for your heart condition(s) is one more terrific, pro-active step you can take toward your healthcare and wellness goals. Whether you’re wearing an ICE (In Case of Emergency) ID while doing some heart-healthy exercise to ensure you’re identified and your loved ones easily contacted in an emergency, or you’re wearing a heart condition medical ID bracelet to inform first responders of blood thinner use, a history of stroke, coronary artery disease, or any other heart-related condition or treatment consideration, you’ll find the style and safety you want at Lauren’s Hope.

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