• The cardiovascular system is made up of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD), as defined by the American Heart Association, include coronary heart disease (coronary artery disease, ischemic heart disease); stroke (brain attack); high blood pressure (hypertension); and rheumatic heart disease.

    Each year in the US, cardiovascular diseases top the list of most serious health problems. Learn about the tests and procedures that are used to diagnose heart problems.

    Learn about cardiovascular tests below.