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 …

The Oral-Systemic Connection: How Bacteria in Your Mouth Can Harm Your Heart

A new peer-reviewed BaleDoneen study is the first to reveal a new, treatable cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD): periodontal (gum) disease due to certain high-risk oral bacteria.  The research was published in the April issue of Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ). How do germs from periodontal disease (PD)–a chronic oral infection found in more than 50% of adults over age 30–injure …

Why Is Sleep So Important to Heart Health?

Regardless of other risk factors, people who don’t sleep enough face an increased threat of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading killer of American men and women. In fact, one study of about 3,000 people over the age of 45 reported that those who snoozed fewer than six hours a night were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or …

7 Crucial Steps to Protect Women’s Heart Health TODAY

February marks American Heart Month, dedicated to raising awareness of the leading killer of U.S. men and women: cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although CVD is highly preventable and treatable if caught early, it claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Women, in particular, are under-diagnosed and undertreated for the leading threat to their health. The BaleDoneen Method strives to …

Landmark BaleDoneen Study Discovers New, Treatable Cause of Heart Disease

A common dental disorder found in millions of Americans can lead to heart attacks and strokes, according to a new peer-reviewed BaleDoneen study published in Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ). The study is the first to identify periodontal disease (PD) due to certain high-risk oral bacteria as a contributing cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading killer of men and women globally. …

Get vaccinated!! Protect your arteries!

Friendly Reminder from Dr. Amy: It’s Time to Get a Flu Shot If you haven’t been vaccinated against seasonal influenza yet, it’s important to go to your local pharmacy and get your annual flu shot. Not only does that protect you against a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization or even death, but there is powerful evidence that a …

Which Is Worse for Your Heart: Saturated Fat or Sugar?

For 50 years, saturated fat–found in meat, butter, cheese, and many baked goods and fried foods–has been demonized as the no. 1 dietary villain in cardiovascular disease (CVD). Yet decades of research show that sugar is actually even worse for the heart than saturated fat. In fact, a diet high in sugar triples risk for fatal CVD, according to a …

The Surprising Link Between Autoimmune Diseases and Heart Attack Risk

Just about everyone has been shocked to hear about a fit, seemingly healthy person who died suddenly from a heart attack in his or her early 40s. Such tragedies are devastating for families who have lost a loved one–and scary for the person’s friends and coworkers, who wonder how someone who appeared to be in perfect health could fall victim …