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Is cardiovascular disease serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Cardiovascular disease is serious. The build-up of plaques in the blood vessels and heart affect cardiac function and blood flow to your entire body. If you experience symptoms of cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain, being short of breath, or an irregular heartbeat, seek medical attention immediately. Cardiovascular disease can lead to a heart attack, stroke, and even death. If caught early enough, treatment may reduce your risk of a more severe cardiovascular event.

Michael S. Chen, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Absolutely. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in the United States.

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