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 …

Carrie Fisher’s Death:
How Dangerous is Sleep Apnea?

Many people were shocked when an autopsy report attributed “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher’s death, in part, to sleep apnea, along with other factors. Affecting more than 18 million Americans – who reportedly include such celebrities as Shaquille O’Neal, Rosie O’Donnell, Regis Philbin, Roseanne Barr and Rick Perry – this common sleep disorder often goes undiagnosed and untreated, despite its potentially serious …

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 …

The No. 1 Risk for Stroke – and What to Do About It

The world’s leading cause of death and disability is also the most preventable: High blood pressure is a stealthy assassin that wreaks silent havoc on your blood vessels and vital organs, including your heart, brain and kidneys. Nearly one in three adults has hypertension, the leading risk for stroke and a major contributor to heart disease.  Yet nearly half of …

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 …

The Forgotten Heart Risk that Affects Millions of Americans

Sometimes called “the forgotten virus,” hepatitis C (HCV) can not only damage the liver, but the infection is also putting millions of Americans at increased risk for heart disease, according to new research presented at the BaleDoneen Method Post Preceptorship Monthly Scientific Updates for healthcare providers. Chronic HCV is estimated to affect 2.7 to 3.9 million Americans, many of whom …

Important News from Dr. Amy: Celebrity Heart Disease Deaths

Could They Have Been Prevented? Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Alan Thicke, Zsa Zsa Gabor, George Michael, Gary Shandling–these shining stars all worked tirelessly to enrich our culture with their acting, singing, writing, activism and theater. Although most of us do not share the same career path as these celebrities, we are all vulnerable to the same disease that claimed their …

5 Heart-healthy New Year’s Resolutions and How to Keep Them

Chances are that you plan to ring in the New Year with visions of a thinner, fitter and healthier year ahead. Unfortunately, surveys show that 35% of Americans break their resolutions by the end of January. The key to success is to swap grandiose ambitions for smart, specific and achievable goals that do your heart good. That means making promises …

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. …