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Cardiovascular diseases

Cardiovascular disease is a collective term for various diseases of the heart or blood vessels. Cardiovascular diseases are common in the Netherlands. On this page, you can read more about the symptoms, possible causes and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Learn more about cardiovascular diseases

Symptoms of cardiovascular disease

There are some general signs you can look out for:

  • A persistent pain in your chest (heart attack),
  • Your heart beats too fast, too slow or irregularly (cardiac arrhythmia),
  • You are more quickly tired, short of breath and out of breath even when not exercising (heart failure),
  • You suffer from slurred speech, a crooked mouth and a lame arm (stroke).

Are you suffering from these signs? If so, contact your doctor. Do you think you are having a stroke or heart attack? If so, call 112 immediately.

The causes of cardiovascular disease

What causes cardiovascular disease varies from disease to disease. However, there are a number of factors that make you more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease, namely: unhealthy diet, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, too little exercise and excessive cholesterol levels.

The diseases can also be hereditary. You also have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease if you are over 40 (men) or after menopause (women).

Cardiovascular disease prevention consultation hour (CVRM)

Unfortunately, we do not have a nurse for CVRM monitoring for a while. Do you have an appointment scheduled? The assistant will contact you. 

A consultation hour has been set up in the practice to detect risk factors for cardiovascular disease and treat them if necessary. This is also referred to as cardiovascular risk management (CVRM). In addition, people who already have cardiovascular disease are checked in the consultation hour and, if necessary, treatment will be adjusted to lower the risk of a new event.

During the consultation, an overview of your risk factors is made. This overview is called a risk profile. With this risk profile it is possible to estimate your risk of cardiovascular disease - this is not a certainty. It also shows which measures you can best take and whether it makes sense to take medication.

Taking action reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease and the chance of dying from it. It does not eliminate the risk. This could mean making changes to your lifestyle, for example by quitting smoking, eating healthier and exercising more. However, this could result in you no longer needing medication to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol.

For more information, see Home doctor.co.uk.

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