In today's Saint Joseph Health Scene report, 1 in 4 deaths in the United States is linked to Coronary Heart Disease and stroke.
500,089 people died from CHD and stroke in 2005 -- almost 25 per cent of all deaths in the United States.
The leading factor to these deaths is high cholesterol.
Almost 80 million Americans who had their cholesterol tested were told they had levels that were either above normal or high.
Each year more than 1.2 million will suffer a coronary attack, and almost 800,000 people will suffer a stroke.
Doctor Ricardo Gutierrez, a cardiologist with St. Joseph's Regional Health Center, stopped by the News 3 Studio to help shed light on this silent killer.