“I Beat the Heart Attack Gene!”

At age 40, Dwayne Nill considered himself to be in perfect health — until he applied for life insurance. “They did a blood test, and when I showed the results to my doctor, he was astounded that I qualified for the policy because my cholesterol was through the roof,” he recalls. Further testing at the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention …

Moderate Drinking: Good or Bad for Your Heart Health?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has canceled a $100 million study of the cardiovascular effects of drinking moderate amounts of alcohol amid concerns about industry funding and influence that might lead to a pro-alcohol bias. The study was supposed to compare rates of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events in 8,000 volunteers who would be randomly assigned to …

75 Million Americans Don’t Know They Have This Heart Attack & Stroke Risk

About 84 million Americans — more than one in three adults — have a disorder that greatly increases their risk for two potentially lethal diseases: type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading killer of men and women, often from heart attacks and strokes. Although this disorder, prediabetes, can easily be detected with a blood test covered by almost …

Is the New Shingles Shot Also a Vaccination Against Stroke?

If you’re 50 or older, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends getting the new Shingrix vaccine against shingles, even if you’ve already been vaccinated against this disease. Shingrix is more than 90% effective for the prevention of shingles, a disease that strikes one million Americans a year, causing a blistering skin rash that can lead to chronic nerve pain. …

4 Scary Reasons to Take Your Dental Health Seriously

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which honors the work of a potentially lifesaving member of your heart-attack-and-stroke prevention team: your dental provider. Recent research links poor oral health to increased risk for many deadly disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading killer of Americans. Conversely, people who take excellent care of their teeth and gums …

NT-ProBNP: The “Happy Heart” Test to Predict Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

Is your heart happy? While that’s a question you’ve probably pondered on an emotional level, and felt reassured about your psychological well-being if the answer was positive, most people don’t know that it’s also important to find out how if their heart is happy from the physical standpoint. That’s right, there is a simple, FDA-approved blood test that can literally …

Gourmet Dark Chocolate-Coffee Fondue with Fresh Fruit

Did you know that dark chocolate contains more disease-fighting antioxidants than many high-antioxidant fruits, including blueberries and acai berries? Here’s a quick, easy and delicious way to enjoy heart-healthy dark chocolate, in a dessert that’s sure to delight chocolate and coffee lovers. When shopping for ingredients, choose dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cacao. That means it’s rich in …

Gluten-free Diets–Healthy or Harmful for Your Heart?

You’ve probably seen headlines contending that according to a new study, gluten-free diets are “bad for your heart,” “raise heart attack risk,” “do more harm than good” and should be avoided by everyone except the 3 million Americans with celiac disease, a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine. People who have it cannot eat gluten, a protein found in …

5 Healthy Lifestyle Steps that Lower Stroke Risk 90%

May is American Stroke Month, in which clinicians and patients are urged to take action, spread the word, and work “together to end stroke, before it even happens.” Rates of this devastating condition (also known as “brain attack”) are rising in younger adults, with the biggest surge in people ages 35 to 44, according to a new study published in …

Landmark BaleDoneen Discovery: Oral Bacteria Can Cause Heart Disease

Your oral health can have a powerful effect on your risk for heart attacks or strokes, according to a peer-reviewed BaleDoneen study published in Postgraduate Medical Journal.  Using level A scientific evidence, the research is the first to reveal that periodontal disease (PD) due to certain high-risk bacteria can be a contributing cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading killer …