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 Over the next 14 years, about 2,000 participants died — a vast majority of them from illnesses related to cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems and other natural causes, according to the study. Maria Cramer, New York Times, "Another Benefit to Going to Museums? You May Live Longer," 27 Dec. 2019 Genistein and equol are isoflavonoids that Willcox notes are associated with reducing the risk for cancer and cardiovascular disease. National Geographic, "These traditional diets can lead to long lives," 17 Dec. 2019 Not only does spending time in wild places improve mood and memory, but not getting away from city sounds can raise the risk of cardiovascular disease, sleeping trouble, depression and general annoyance. Kurtis Alexander,, "America’s noisiest and quietest national parks — the human factor," 20 Dec. 2019 Both ordinary hypertension and masked hypertension put patients at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, according to Xavier Trudel, the lead author of the study. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Overworked? Long hours on the job can lead to high blood pressure," 19 Dec. 2019 Autopsy results show Edwards passed away as a result of a heart attack, or atherosclerotic and hypertension cardiovascular disease, according to the release. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Sheriff's Office: Liberty County Jail inmate found unresponsive in cell died of natural causes," 16 Dec. 2019 Fluctuating oxygen levels also cause plaque to build up in the arteries, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and stroke. Neil Steinberg, Quartz, "One billion people worldwide stop breathing while they sleep," 15 Dec. 2019 For anyone older than 60, having type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease shortens their life expectancy by an average of 12 years. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Angela Bassett Says Family History of Diabetes Inspired Her to Raise Awareness for Heart Health," 12 Dec. 2019 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

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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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10 Jan 2020

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“Cardiovascular.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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