Your heart started beating about three weeks after you were conceived. If you live to be 70 your heart will have beat two and a half billion times. Each heartbeat pumps blood around the body, pushing it from the left heart chambers, through arteries of ever-decreasing size, finally reaching the capillaries in all parts of the body.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 600,000 die from heart disease every year. Often referred to as a “silent killer”, several people with heart disease are unaware that they are at risk or actually have this disease.