Reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease

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  • According to current estimates, cardiovascular disease is responsible for more deaths each year than the next seven leading causes of death-combined. This program begins with a concise overview of how the heart and circulatory system function and why a healthy heart is so important to overall bodily health. Common heart- and circulatory system-related problems are then addressed, with an emphasis on pathology and long-term preventive and palliative measures. The major risk factors for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. are also described, distinguishing between those that are controllable and those that are not.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Sept. 30, 2006.
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  • Structure and Function of the Human Heart (2:35) -- Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease (1:29) -- Atherosclerosis and Heart Attack (3:18) -- Angina, Arrhythmia, Congestive Heart Failure, and More (3:38) -- Controllable Risk Factors (3:33) -- Uncontrollable Risk Factors (5:34) -- Prevention and Treatment (4:27)
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