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The connected heart and circulatory system

Your circulatory system is made up of your heart and a network of veins and arteries that transport blood around the body.

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The world's biggest killers are under our microscope

Heart and circulatory diseases happen when there is a problem with your heart, or with the network of veins and arteries controlling blood flow around your body. It’s all connected, and that’s why if you have a condition like diabetes, you’re more likely to develop coronary heart disease. If you have a heart attack, you’re more likely to have a stroke. And why a tenth of stroke survivors are expected to develop dementia within a year of their stroke.

At the moment, these connected conditions kill 1 in 4 people in the UK. We want to change that for good.

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Stroke happens when blood flow to part of the brain is blocked, causing brain cells to die. It can affect your speech, the way you think and move. If you’ve had a heart attack, you’re more than twice as likely to have a stroke.

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Vascular dementia

Vascular dementia happens when there’s a problem with blood and oxygen supply to the brain. Part of the brain starts to die. People who have a history of heart disease are at least twice as likely to develop vascular dementia. 

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Diabetes is when the body can’t control blood sugar levels. This damages the arteries and limits the flow of blood. This makes you two to three times more likely to develop heart and circulatory diseases.

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Heart diseases

Heart diseases are conditions that stop your heart working properly. For example, heart attacks or inherited heart problems. There are 2.3 million people in the UK living with coronary heart disease.

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