Your Heart

This category explains how your heart works and a number of other factors that will influence treatment.

Number of deaths for leading causes of death in the US

  • Heart disease: 616,067
  • Cancer: 562,875
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 135,952
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 127,924
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 123,706
  • Alzheimer's disease: 74,632
  • Diabetes: 71,382

While the focus is on coronary artery disease (CAD), all other major cardiac diseases will be discussed in these sections, including contributing factors such as a high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes and obesity.