The Two Vaccinations That Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Heart Attacks and Strokes

Vaccine makers are gearing up for a mega-campaign against seasonal influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic, with drives to promote vaccination slated to start in early September ahead of the 2020-2021 flu season. Expect to see flu shots available everywhere from church and supermarket parking lots to socially distanced appointments at pharmacies and medical offices. Some healthcare providers will even be …

A Proven Recipe for Optimal Cardiovascular Health

What can you do now to reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke? Here is our science-based recipe with ten “ingredients” to keep your heart, brain and the more than 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body healthy: Get educated. With optimal medical care, all heart attacks and strokes are potentially preventable. To detect this disease at the …

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Bernie Sanders’ Heart Attack: Could It Have Been Prevented?

Now back on the campaign trail after suffering a heart attack in October, Sen. Bernie Sanders faces ongoing questions about his health. “ ‘Heart attack’ is a scary word,” the 78-year-old acknowledged during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” However, he emphasized that he was “feeling very well,” and was confident in the care he’d received, which included implanting two …

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Erectile Dysfunction: A Red Flag for Heart Attack and Stroke Risk — And What to Do About It

Men who struggle with erectile dysfunction (ED) should have their cardiovascular health checked. Compared to men without ED, those who have it are nearly twice as likely to suffer heart attacks, stroke or death from cardiovascular causes, according to a recent study published in Circulation. The increased risk was independent of such traditional risk factors as high cholesterol, smoking and …

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AHA for Life: A Proven Plan to Prevent Heart Attacks, Strokes and Dementia

Worried that a heart attack, stroke or dementia could loom in your future? The BaleDoneen Method’s new AHA (Arterial Health Assurance) for Life program can help you avoid these devastating conditions, even if you are at significant risk for developing them due to your family history or other factors. Drawing on the latest peer-reviewed science and the pioneering new medical …

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Are You Getting the Best Cholesterol Test to Predict Heart Attack Risk?

For decades, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) — the notorious “bad” cholesterol — has been vilified as public enemy number one by the medical profession. Yet none of the hundreds of cholesterol studies performed to date has ever shown that LDL-C causes heart attacks. This unscientific belief has become so ingrained in medical thinking that it’s been termed “the great cholesterol …

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The Surprising Stroke Risk that Affects 50% of Americans Over Age 30

Nikki Carney is so dedicated to fitness that she gets up at 4 a.m. every day and runs several miles before heading to work. The second-grade teacher from Spokane, Wash., also eats a heart-healthy diet, has never smoked and gets regular medical checkups. Her doctor has consistently praised her excellent lifestyle and has often told her, “You are the healthiest …

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The Hidden Heart Attack and Stroke Risk Most Doctors Overlook

J.P. Moore thought he was in perfect health until he suffered a “widow-maker” heart attack on July 4, 2014, while riding his mountain bike. The then-42-year-old auto dealer from Richland, Wash., was rushed to the hospital, where tests showed that one of his coronary arteries was 98% blocked and several others were partially blocked. Treatment with angioplasty and a stent …

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Women and Heart Disease: Are You at Risk?

Which is a bigger threat to women’s health: heart disease or breast cancer? If you answered heart disease, congratulations! You are better informed than nearly 50% of American women — and many doctors, including cardiologists — according to a recent study published in Journal of the American Academy of Cardiology. The researchers uncovered alarming gaps in knowledge among both women …

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The Celebrity Heart Disease Epidemic: Could It Be Prevented?

After suffering a massive heart attack in November, former NFL coach Mike Ditka told The Athletic, “You always think it’s not going to happen to me until it happens to me.” Ditka, who reportedly also had a heart attack in 1988 while the coach of the Chicago Bears and a mild stroke while playing cards in 2012, added, “And there …