An experienced physician, Dr. Chris Liu treats patients with cardiovascular illnesses and a variety of other conditions in his capacity as hospitalist with Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo, California. Before becoming a hospitalist, Dr. Chris Liu earned his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Cardiovascular disease encompasses those illnesses that affect the heart and the broader circulatory system. For example, heart attacks often result from underlying cardiovascular problems such as hardening of the arteries, and strokes often result from blood vessel problems caused by clotting or high blood pressure.
In the United States, cardiovascular illnesses like heart disease are unfortunately quite common. In fact, about 25 percent of all deaths in America occur as a result of heart disease. It is the leading killer of both men and women.
Like heart disease, strokes are fairly common in the United States, with nearly 800,000 people having a stroke each year. Of these people, about 130,000 die from the stroke event. Overall, strokes account for about five percent of all deaths in America.