Your heart wants you to be healthy! Why? Because heart disease is a major problem; it is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack, and about 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. In addition, cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, costs the United States $312.6 billion each year.