Heart Conditions

Cardiovascular disease (CVD)

This describes disease of the heart and blood vessels and there are many forms of CVD.

Heart Conditions List

Please click on each of the below to read more about each of the conditions. 


When the heart works harders, for example, during exercise or on emotional stress or excitement…. Read More

Cardiomyopathy describes disorders of and deterioration of the heart muscle itself. This runs in families…Read More
Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital heart disease, often called congenital heart defects, describes any heart defects that are present at birth… Read More

Congestive Heart Failure

Heart failure describes a condition where the heart muscle becomes too weak to maintain an adequate cardiac output…  Read More

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

The heart is a double pump which consists of 4 chambers which pumps oxygenated blood throughout…  Read More

Heart Attack

This occurs when one or more of the arteries supplying the heart become totally occluded and a part of the heart muscle…  Read More

Heart Valve Disease

The heart muscle is made up of two upper chambers, the atria, and two lower chambers, the ventricles…  Read More


When someone has their blood pressure measured they are actually having the force of the blood through the arteries measured…  Read More

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) involves the systemic arteries and veins, as opposed the coronary arteries… Read More

Rhythm Disturbances

Everybody has a basic understanding and knowledge about their heart and that it beats with a dull ‘thud-thud’…  Read More

Stroke (also known as a CVA – Cerebrovascular Accident)

A stroke, often medically termed a CVA (cerebrovascular accident), may be due to underlying cardiovascular disease affecting..  Read More

Cardiovascular disease causes more deaths in the UK each year than any other single disease or condition. Whilst some forms of the disease are related to genetics and family history, the good news is that CVD is one of the most preventable diseases and there are things that we can do to help prevent us from developing this or indeed help us limit further problems if we have already developed CVD.

Cardiovascular disease may have an extremely significant effect upon a person’s lifestyle. Dependent on the progression of the disease (which can begin even in childhood), there may be little or only subtle changes in health in the early stages. Sometimes these are attributed to other factors such as ‘being unfit’ or ‘getting older’. As the disease progresses, so do the symptoms and previously easy, everyday tasks can become a struggle. It may not be possible to walk very far or to carry the shopping; climbing the stairs may cause breathlessness.

Important Note

There are a number of RISK FACTORS, some within our control and some not, that may predispose us to the development on cardiovascular disease. By understanding these risk factors and indeed our lifestyle choices, this can have a positive effect on our health.