Updated: Mar 23
Heart disease takes the lives of over 610,000 people each year in the United States and is the leading cause of death for both men and women. But if you think that you only have to worry about having a heart attack in order to fall victim to heart disease, you are sadly mistaken. Any medical condition that affects your heart and blood vessels is called cardiovascular disease. Many people have fatty plaque building up in their coronary arteries, resulting in less blood flow to their heart, thereby increasing their risk for a heart attack or stroke.