According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The CDC estimates that health care costs, medications and loss of productivity due to heart disease runs at more than $108 billion each year. Other estimates are even higher. By 2030, this number is expected to triple. According to the American Heart Association, by 2030, 40.5% of the US population is projected to have some form of cardiovascular disease.