car·​dio·​vas·​cu·​lar | \ ˌkär-dē-ō-ˈva-skyə-lər How to pronounce cardiovascular (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Several health conditions, including arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease with heart failure and chronic renal disease, contributed to his death, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, "Sheriff's Office investigation into San Antonio area deaths during power outages is one of several," 25 Feb. 2021 By stabilizing these free radicals, antioxidants can also help your immune system function more efficiently and mitigate chronic inflammation, which is thought to be a driving force for many health problems, like cardiovascular disease and cancer. Julie Stewart, SELF, "What Are Antioxidants, and How Much of Them Should You Be Eating?," 25 Feb. 2021 John Jennings died at the hospital from cardiovascular disease and also suffered blunt trauma of his torso with a lumbar spine fracture. Brooke A. Lewis, Chron, "Six more winter storm-related deaths reported in Harris County," 22 Feb. 2021 People who nap once or twice a week have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Galadriel Watson, Star Tribune, "Nap time is the new coffee break. Here's how to make the most of it.," 21 Feb. 2021 All of these lower their risk of both cardiovascular disease and cancer. Eric Niiler, Wired, "NASA Wants to Set a New Radiation Limit for Astronauts," 11 Feb. 2021 These parts of the city are overwhelmingly Hispanic with higher rates of chronic medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes that are linked to higher coronavirus risks. Laura Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "WellMed's COVID-19 vaccines going to some of San Antonio's 'most vulnerable' residents," 1 Feb. 2021 In fact, those with cardiovascular disease are two to four times more at risk for severe COVID-19, while those with diabetes are up to three times more likely to die from COVID-19 or suffer severe symptoms, according to recent research. Scientific American, "Fighting the Quiet Crisis of Noncommunicable Diseases," 27 Jan. 2021 This especially applies to patients with cardiovascular disease. Gear Team, Wired, "CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future," 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of cardiovascular

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cardiovascular

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The first known use of cardiovascular was in 1879

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5 Mar 2021

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“Cardiovascular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce cardiovascular (audio) \

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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