The well-known phrase “knowledge is power” is an appropriate one to apply to cardiac disease and its preventable risk factors. The Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics reported that in 2011 the leading cause of death on the southern Kenai peninsula was heart disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, it is also the leading cause of death in the U.S. The CDC tells us that approximately 80% of deaths from heart disease are due to preventable factors. That bears repeating: approximately 80% of deaths from heart disease are due to preventable factors. Then why has cardiac disease become the leading cause of death in our community?