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The heart is a muscular organ about the size of your fist, which functions to pump blood throughout the body through the cardiovascular system of arteries and blood vessels. It is an essential organ for any human being to survive.

Cardiovascular diseases refers to heart diseases that typically involve narrowed blood vessels that can lead to serious and health-threatening conditions like heart attack and stroke, as well as other infections and defects of the heart. Common causes of cardiovascular diseases include unhealthy diets, lack of exercise, obesity or being overweight, smoking, excessive use of alcohol and caffeine, drug abuse, and more.

Stroke occurs when there is rupture or bleeding of the blood vessels in the brain, or when there is interruption or reduction in the blood supply to the brain. This will prevent the brain from receiving blood and oxygen, which can also lead to brain damage, long-term disability, or death within minutes, thus it is important to act fast and provide treatment immediately to stroke patients.

Some symptoms of stroke include numbness in the arm, face, and leg, paralysis, loss of balance, dizziness, and more. As stroke requires immediate medical attention, it is always recommended to contact your local emergency service right away.