A Dangerous Heart Attack, Stroke and Diabetes Risk You Can Diagnose Yourself

Eighty-five percent of Americans have never heard of metabolic syndrome or don’t know it’s a cluster of risk factors for heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes, a national health survey reported. And of the nearly 250,000 people polled, only 0.6% thought they had this pre-diabetic condition themselves. While that may make it sound as if metabolic syndrome is very …

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 …

Reducing Inflammation: 4 Easy, Natural Ways to “Fireproof” Your Arteries

In breaking news, scientists report an anti-inflammation drug can reduce risk for heart attacks, strokes and death from cardiovascular causes, without targeting cholesterol. However, that drug, canakinumab, costs a whopping $200,000 a year! The wonderful news is that you don’t need a high-priced drug to fight inflammation. As discussed more fully in the BaleDoneen book, Beat the Heart Attack Gene, our heart-attack-and …

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 …