CVD refers to a group of diseases affecting the heart or blood vessels. In Scotland, coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke remain as leading causes of death and disability, despite a decreasing mortality rate over recent years. CHD occurs due to reduced or blocked blood flow to the heart. This typically occurs over time due to a build-up of fat in the coronary arteries; a process known as atherosclerosis. CHD can result in chest pains, heart attack or heart failure.
Download the Factsheet to learn more.