Teacher and student resource pack covering the effects and causes of cardiovascular disease and medical
methods for preventing it.
Educational Level: Higher (AS levels)
(CfE Higher Human Biology, physiology and health)
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a class of disorders that refers to any disease affecting the heart or the
blood vessels. It can also be called circulatory disease. This resource pack focuses on the most common
cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Other types of cardiovascular disease (CVD) include congenital heart disease
(i.e. structural defects in the heart or vessels that are present when at birth), heart valve disease (i.e.
disease that affects the valves that control blood flow in the heart) and infective diseases of the heart (such
as rheumatic fever). This resource pack will not cover these diseases.
Covers the process of atherosclerosis, thrombosis, causes and effects of peripheral vascular disorders and
control of cholesterol levels in the body.
This resource was created as part of the as part of the Edinburgh Medical School outreach education.
Authors: Amy Gray, Simon Walker & Kay Douglas.
Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under a CC BY 4.0 license.
Cover image is by Kay Douglas and is licensed under a CC BY license.