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. …

The Hidden Cause of Most Heart Attacks

It’s very common for people to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes soon after they’ve suffered a heart attack. While patients often chalk this double whammy up to bad luck, believing they’ve been hit with two seemingly unrelated disorders at once, there is actually a strong link between insulin resistance (IR)–the disorder that leads to type 2 diabetes–and heart attack …

Peak Experience: A Heart Attack Survivor’s Amazing Health Turnaround

On August 2, 2014, Rudy Lindbloom woke up at 2 AM with a burning sensation in his chest. Initially, he thought it was heartburn, but when the pain intensified, he suspected it was something more serious. The then 66-year-old from Boise, Idaho began sweating heavily and asked his wife, Linda, to take him to the emergency room. “As we walked …

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 …

Healthy Gums Can Prevent a Heart Attack!

A habit that takes five minutes a day can add years to your life and lowers your risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, colds, flu and arthritis. In fact, a recent study of more than 5,600 older adults found that one of the simplest–and cheapest–keys to a long life is taking great care of your teeth with daily brushing and flossing, …

Proof that Optimal Medical Care and Oral Wellness Can Quickly Shrink Arterial Plaque and Stabilize Cardiovascular Disease

By Amy Doneen, DNP, ARNP and Bradley Bale, MD Just in time for National Gum Care Month, a new study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Archives of Medical Science, demonstrates that a comprehensive approach to heart attack, stroke and diabetes prevention that includes oral wellness–our patented BaleDoneen Method–can quickly shrink the size of arterial plaque deposits by more than 50% in patients …

Five Easy Ways to Boost Your Heart Health This Summer

Good news from the research front: several studies show that heart attack risk is lowest in the summer, possibly because people typically exercise more in warm months, eat a lighter, healthier diet, and get more heart-protective vitamin D than they do in winter, when days are shorter. Use these five simple, science-backed tips to keep your ticker in top condition …