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How does cardiovascular disease affect the body?

Cardiovascular disease is the result of the build-up of plaques in the blood vessels and heart. As a result of these plaques, the blood vessels thicken, making it difficult for blood to get to various parts of your body. This damage can lead to heart attack, stroke, or death. Cardiovascular disease will also cause fatigue, weakness, chest pain, and being short of breath.

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