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WHY STUDY THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

Did You Know?

  • More than 60% of Nigerians, who have heart disease, do not know.
  • Cardiovascular disease — includes numerous problems, many of which are related to a condition called Atherosclerosis.
  • Atherosclerosis is the first step to a heart attack. Atherosclerosis is a condition that develops when a substance called plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries that narrows arteries.
  • Most Heart Attacks occur when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked by a blood clot. Heart failure doesn’t mean the heart stops beating. Heart failure simply means the heart isn’t pumping blood as much as it should.
  • We also know that strokes, heart attacks, and sudden deaths are occurring in younger and younger people. Well-established by age 20.
  • In Nigeria, Deaths due from hypertension, stroke, heart attacks and other circulatory diseases increased by 41% and is on the rise, climbing from 12.3 million deaths to 17.3 million.

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