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Cardiovascular Disease
 
Standard Definition

Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella term describing disease of the heart and blood vessels, a condition that is the number one cause of death in Australia. If the heart is the main organ affected the term used may be ‘coronary artery disease’. The epidemic of heart attack, stroke and other forms of vascular disease has been a prominent and constant challenge to the health of Australians. Cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death among Australians in 1998, accounting for 40% of all deaths. Coronary heart disease (mainly heart attacks) was the leading single cardiovascular cause of death, accounting for 22% of all deaths in Australia in 1998. Stroke was Australia ’s second greatest single killer after coronary heart disease. It is the leading cause of long-term disability in adults.

Risk factors
For a 40-year-old, the risk of having coronary heart disease at some time in their future life is one in two for men and one in three for women. For a 45-year-old, the risk of having a stroke before age 85 is one in four for men and one in five for women. High blood pressure increases the risk of cardiovascular disease by two to four times.

In 1995, more than 10 million adult Australians (over 80% of the adult population) had at least one of the following cardiovascular risk factors: tobacco smoking, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, or overweight. About four in five men and three in four women had at least one of these risk factors. For example, almost 22% of Australians aged 14 years and over smoke on a regular basis, more than 43% of the population do not undertake physical activity at the levels recommended to achieve a health benefit, and over seven million adult Australians (aged 25 and over) are overweight or obese according to Government health statistics over 1998-2000.

In 1999 –00, over six million Australian adults (aged 25 years and over) had blood Cholesterol levels higher than 5.5 mmol/L, the upper limit recommended by the National Heart Foundation of Australia.

 
 
Underlying Disruption in Function

Atherosclerosis (hardening and thinning of the arteries) is the underlying process responsible for this disease, and is the main cause of heart attacks. Several diseases have a role in the development of cardiovascular disease or are symptoms of the underlying problem. For example, high cholesterol and triglycerides, low HDL and high LDL cholesterol, high homocysteine and blood sugar, high blood pressure and smoking are all to be considered to contribute to an increased risk via their damaging effects on the blood vessel walls.

 
 
Possible Causes, Triggers & Exacerbating Factors
  • See atherosclerosis for detailed list
  • Diets low in fruit and vegetables, fibre, fish nuts and legumes
  • Diets high in salt, saturated and trans fatty acids, meat and dairy products
 
 
Common Signs & Symptoms
  • Angina (chest pain) on exertion
  • Intermittent claudication (leg pain) on exertion
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure).
 
 
Possible Additional Integrative Medicine Diagnostic Tests

This is additional information that does not replace nor negate conventional diagnosis. Other tests may be useful depending on the individual circumstance.

  • Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
  • Heavy Metal and Toxicity assessment
  • Vitamin and Mineral assessment
  • Biochemical assessments
  • Hormone tests
 
 

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