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 The American Heart Association’s 2019 report on heart disease and stroke statistics states that almost half of America’s adult population, or about 121.5 million people in 2016, have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cy-Fair ISD graduate performs heart surgery on current principal," 5 Dec. 2019 The researchers collected data from 38 studies conducted in North America, Europe and Australia, comprising about 400,000 people without cardiovascular disease, a third of whom were younger than 45. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Why You Should Start Thinking About Your Cholesterol Earlier," 4 Dec. 2019 Long-term exposure has been associated with cardiovascular disease and cancer, and can damage the nervous system. CBS News, "60,000 people forced to evacuate after explosions at Texas chemical plant," 27 Nov. 2019 In all previous cases in which someone died after police use of electric shock weapons, the deaths were attributed to causes other than use of force, including drug use and cardiovascular disease. Jesse Leavenworth,, "East Hartford council approves $2.25 million settlement for prisoner’s stun gun death," 27 Nov. 2019 South Asians are about four times more at risk for cardiovascular disease — the leading cause of death in the U.S. — than other groups, and are stricken at younger ages. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: What’s in Lightfoot’s budget, suspect in UIC student’s death allegedly angry his catcalls were ignored and strong winds hit on busy travel day," 27 Nov. 2019 Because cigarette smoking causes cardiovascular disease, researchers wonder whether vaping has similar effects. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "How safe is vaping? New human studies assess chronic harm to heart and lungs," 26 Nov. 2019 Research shows that animal protein may significantly increase the risk of premature mortality from all causes, among them cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Dean Ornish, Scientific American, "Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong. UPDATED: With Dean Ornish's Response," 15 Nov. 2019 Embrace these little nutritional powerhouses — Brussels sprouts can help fight cardiovascular disease and cancer and lower cholesterol levels as well as improve thyroid function. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Brussels Sprout Casserole," 14 Nov. 2019

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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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12 Dec 2019

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“Cardiovascular.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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