By Lisa Ashe, contributor – 01/06/17 01:00 PM EST | Dr. Lisa Ashe serves as the medical director of Be Well Medical Group, a leading concierge medicine and wellness group currently serving the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia metro areas.
As we gear up for 2017, we are still rebounding from the effects of 2016 and still mourning the loss of many loved ones, friends and even celebrities. In the month of December alone, we lost two American icons, Carrie Fisher and George Michael, and both from heart disease. While their deaths were shocking, the etiology of their death was not. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with one out of four or more than 600,000 Americans dying of heart disease each year.