car·​dio·​vas·​cu·​lar | \-ˈvas-kyə-lər \

Definition of cardiovascular 

1 : of, relating to, or involving the heart and blood vessels

2 : used, designed, or performed to cause a temporary increase in heart rate a cardiovascular workout

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Other Words from cardiovascular

cardiovascularly adverb
cardiovascularly fit

Examples of cardiovascular in a Sentence

running, swimming, and other cardiovascular exercises

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There are also several randomized controlled trials suggesting that yoga may improve quality of life for diabetes patients, reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors, and even help people manage high blood pressure. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "The growth of yoga and meditation in the US since 2012 is remarkable," 9 Nov. 2018 There’s some intriguing work connected to meditation and an experimental game that pushes the player to the edge on both a cognitive and cardiovascular level. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: This is your brain on video games," 11 Oct. 2018 Cash-rich, growth challenged big pharmaceutical companies know that new commercial opportunities for cardiovascular drugs—one of the biggest markets in health care—are rare. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Surprise Heart Data Is Just the Beginning for Amarin," 24 Sep. 2018 Beyond her semi-weekly training sessions, Patricia’s cardiovascular activity is limited to the dozen steps to or from any given door to the Bentley. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "A Day in the Life of Southern Charm's Patricia Altschul," 12 July 2018 Alternatively, mix in some running and cycling, as those activities will not only build cardiovascular strength but powerful leg muscles too. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "8 Things to Know Before You Hike the Appalachian Trail," 25 June 2018 Build cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and working the muscles of the hips, legs and arms with dance moves. Linda Mcintosh,, "Daughters of American Revolution install officers," 4 July 2018 There are widespread prayers that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, maintains her noted cardiovascular health, so as not to hand yet another Supreme Court seat to President Trump. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Will Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski Save the Supreme Court?," 28 June 2018 Studies are ongoing into other health benefits, with promising research focusing on cardiovascular health, insulin response, brain health and cancer treatment and prevention. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Little blue dynamos,' blueberries pack in flavor and nutrients," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of cardiovascular

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cardiovascular

medical : of or relating to the heart and blood vessels

: causing the heart to beat faster and harder for a period of time


car·​dio·​vas·​cu·​lar | \-ˈvas-kyə-lər \

Medical Definition of cardiovascular 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or involving the heart and blood vessels cardiovascular disease the cardiovascular system

2 : used, designed, or performed to cause a temporary increase in heart rate (as to improve heart function and reduce the risk of heart disease) a cardiovascular workout treadmills, stationary bicycles, and other cardiovascular equipment

Other Words from cardiovascular

cardiovascularly adverb
cardiovascularly fit



Medical Definition of cardiovascular (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance (as a drug) that affects the heart or blood vessels

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