Worldwide, 17 million people die of heart related diseases each year. These are largely preventable, reversible, lifestyle-related diseases, caused by years of clogging arteries with cholesterol and saturated fats from animal foods.
The statistic of 17 million heart related deaths annually comes from the UN World Health Organization for the year 2015. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn has painstakingly documented scientific proof that coronary heart disease is a preventable, reversible food-borne illness, whose causation was never treated. His peer reviewed, scientific papers can be found here.