If you’re like most people, the suggestion of getting your blood taken may be less than appealing to you. That being said, having regular blood testing done is an important way to help prevent further pain and anguish down the road. Cardiovascular disease continues to remain as one of the leading causes of death in North America. Currently, 1 in every 3 deaths is from heart disease and stroke (approximately 2,500 deaths per day). Cardiovascular disease is also very expensive–together heart disease and stroke hospitalizations cost both the USA and Canada more than $474 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity annually.