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Module 1: Dietary imbalances and diet related disease

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Health and Human Development - Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease is a term that covers all the diseases associated
with the heart and blood vessels.

The three main diseases are coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral
vascular disease. Of most concern is atherosclerosis where fatty deposits,
due largely to excess cholesterol line the blood vessels, reducing the flow
of blood through them. This slows the supply of oxygen to cells in the
body. It is most serious when it affects the blood supply to the heart
resulting in a heart attack, or to the brain that results in a stroke.

View the video for further information on cholesterol.

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