car·​dio·​vas·​cu·​lar | \ ˌkär-dē-ō-ˈva-skyə-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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This macronutrient breakdown is fairly close to current dietary recommendations from the United States Department of Agriculture, which recommend 55 to 60% complex carbs, 30 percent fat and 15% protein to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "What Is the Keto Diet, Exactly?," 27 Dec. 2018 These clues show that fear is literally getting under the skins of young people, engendering long-term cardiovascular risks. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "Resilient Teens in a Dangerous World," 12 Dec. 2018 The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office also reports that hypertensive cardiovascular disease and obesity were contributing factors to Brown's death in March. Lauren Matthews, Country Living, "UPDATE: 'Chicago Fire' Actress DuShon Monique Brown's Cause of Death Has Been Released," 4 June 2018 If that doesn't work: Ask your doctor about oral spironolactone, which is usually used to treat cardiovascular issues. Kelsey Castañon, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Acne — and How to Get Rid of It," 4 Dec. 2018 Children, along with individuals who suffer from asthma, other respiratory conditions, or cardiovascular issues, should stay indoors. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "For Those Grappling With California Wildfires, Dangerous Air Quality Is a New Risk," 16 Nov. 2018 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," 11 Nov. 2018 When Kevin Costa, Novoheart’s co-founder and director of cardiovascular cell and tissue engineering at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, first started working on mini-hearts, scientists could only grow cells in single layer on a dish. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "These Beating Mini-Hearts Could Save Big Bucks—And Maybe Lives," 27 June 2018 And researchers have found associations between inflammation and various chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "The growth of yoga and meditation in the US since 2012 is remarkable," 11 Nov. 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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