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Heart Attack, unlike many books of its kind takes you on a journey discussing heart disease through the lives those who have suffered at the hands of this dreadful condition. Beginning with the Author’s own devastating family history, Heart Attack reminds us that we are all connected not just by the physical attributes and risk factors associated with heart attacks but also emotionally and spiritually. Many of the characters in this book suffered real “heart attacks” and others although perhaps not “heart attacks” of the purest kind, they all suffered.

According to the World Health Organization, each year, heart disease accounts for greater than 17 million deaths worldwide [1]. The vast majority, over 7 million, of these deaths involve some form of the loosely applied term “heart attack”. By comparison, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year which accounts for approximately 25% of all deaths for both men and women [2, 3].

This is the way most books on the subject of heart disease begin; with facts and statistics. Not to lessen the importance of understanding the stats related to the impact of heart disease on society, Heart Attack breaks down the statistical barriers to analyze the impact of heart disease on individuals and humanity. Perhaps this realization will empower and motivate the reader to understand this disease and its prevention on a much deeper level.

America’s Heart Disease Burden.


  • About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.1
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.1
  • Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people1
  • Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.2