Heart disease is a major problem. Most of us likely know someone who has a problem with heart disease. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year - that's 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. These statistics, taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, should be a wake-up call for all of us to be knowledgeable and proactive about taking good care of our heart.