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Cardiovascular Disease Complications

Untreated cardiovascular disease may lead to Ischemic Heart Disease which is the most common cause of death worldwide.  Another fatal end point of cardiovascular disease is the tearing of an aortic aneurysm or dissecting aortic aneurysm which causes massive internal hemorrhage and eventually causes hypovolemic shock. If tearing of an aortic aneurysm or dissecting aortic aneurysm is a risk for you, learn more about emergency treatment.

Cardiovascular diseases will also cause a diminish blood supply to other tissues and organs in the body that may lead to damage of treat tissue or organ. The most common organs affected are the kidneys and the muscles of the lower extremities.  While this information may not be fully comprehensive, the information offers a glance at some of the common complications.

Myocardial Infarction- Heart Attack

Myocardial infarction is a complication of cardiovascular disease. Due to a discrepancy in the circulation of blood to and from the heart, some portion of the heart will become ischemic (deprived of oxygen, limited blood supply), lead to spasm of the cardiac muscle, and may result in what is known as a heart attack when parts of the heart are damaged or die from being ischemic.    Learn more about Heart Attack.

Blood Clot

Another important complication of cardiovascular disease is the risk of clot formation due to stasis of blood. When a clot will be washed by the blood and reaches the brain, it causes occlusion in the vessels of the brain known as cerebral infarct. There are times when the infarct causes a sudden increase in the intracranial pressure bursting the vessel. This is now called a Stroke or a cardiovascular bleed.

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