If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack, cardiac arrest or stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

Cardiovascular disease

Information and advice on cardiovascular disease

What is cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term that includes diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels. This includes stroke and conditions that affect the heart. For example, heart attack, heart failure or heart rhythm problems.

Find out what to do in a heart emergency

Information and support

Further information and support on cardiovascular disease is available. Get advice on:

The British Heart Foundation have heart information in other languages, including Urdu, Punjabi, Polish, Bengali and Romanian.

Advice lines

Advice lines support people living with heart disease or stroke. You can access these through the:

Waiting well

It’s important to support your health and wellbeing if you’re waiting to:

  • get treatment
  • see a healthcare specialist

The waiting well website has advice on looking after your physical and mental health. It also has information on practical issues like money worries. This can help to support your health and wellbeing while waiting.

Further information on waiting well

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