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Heart disease and stroke are the first and third leading cause of death in the United States, and heart disease is the first in practically all industrialized nations.

In the United States heart disease and stroke account for more than forty percent of all deaths. One person dies every 33 seconds from cardiovascular disease. Over one fourth of the population has some form of cardiovascular disease, with over six million hospitalizations each year, costing an estimated $351 billion for the care of heart disease and stroke for 2003.

As stated by the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention, “Thirty percent of research shows that measures such as encouraging healthier lifestyles …..” can not only prevent heart disease and stroke but can improve the health of people who have experienced these conditions.

Stress is most definitely at the root of practically all cardiovascular disease, and this means the number one killer of people is avoidable.