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

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Deaths of people who live outdoors happen for a variety of reasons: cardiovascular disease, complications from alcoholism, suicide, overdoses from fentanyl or meth, as well as homicide. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "King County homicides in 2018: troubling trends in homeless cases, random killings," 13 Apr. 2019 That said, a respectable number of studies exist on saunas, many of them from Finnish researchers and centered around cardiovascular effects. SELF, "Does the Steam Room at the Gym Actually Do Anything?," 4 Jan. 2019 In the past, studies measuring cardiovascular effects of estrogen therapy have been done on menopausal women and applied to transgender women. Avichai Scher /, NBC News, "Study finds health risks for transgender women on hormone therapy," 9 July 2018 What’s more, progesterone, while usually safe, can have cardiovascular and neurological side effects. Anna North, Vox, "What would America look like without Roe v. Wade? These teenagers are finding out.," 6 Apr. 2018 There are physical consequences as well; one study cited the importance of sleep on the functioning of metabolic, immune, hormonal, and cardiovascular systems. Sarah Wu, Teen Vogue, "Glamorizing Sleep Deprivation Ruined My Health in Every Way," 15 Mar. 2019 Water transports nutrients, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints and internal organs, supports the structure of cells and tissues and preserves cardiovascular function. New York Times, "How to Meet Your Body’s Water Needs," 9 July 2018 Severe shortness of breath can also be a sign of a cardiovascular issue such as a heart attack. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "When to Go to Urgent Care Vs. the ER," 16 Feb. 2019 Standing doesn’t count as exercise, and, unlike running or cycling, there is there is no evidence that simply standing at work improves cardiovascular health. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Americans sit too much. Standing desks aren’t going to fix the problem.," 20 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 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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