The circulatory system comprising the heart and blood vessels which carries nutrients and oxygen to the tissues of the body and removes carbon dioxide and other wastes from them. Cardiovascular diseases affect the heart and blood vessels and include arteriosclerosis, coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, arrhythmia, heart failure, hypertension, orthostatic hypotension, shock, endocarditis, diseases of the aorta and its branches, disorders of the peripheral vascular system, and congenital heart disease.
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Relating to the heart and the blood vessel s or the circulation. SYN: cardiovasculare [TA], vasculocardiac. [cardio- + L. vasculum, vessel]

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car·dio·vas·cu·lar -'vas-kyə-lər adj
1) of, relating to, or involving the heart and blood vessels <\cardiovascular disease>
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>
cardiovascular n a substance (as a drug) that affects the heart or blood vessels

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car·dio·vas·cu·lar (kahr″de-o-vasґku-lər) pertaining to the heart and blood vessels.

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