Are You Getting the Right Dose of Your Medication?

If you’re one of the 226 million Americans who take prescription drugs to treat heart disease or other conditions, a new genetic test called MyPGt can help your healthcare provider personalize your care, so you get the safest and most effective medications at the right dose. Soon to be available at the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center, the test …

Treating Inflammation: A New Era in Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention?

You’ve probably seen headlines hailing a new “wonder drug” as “the biggest medical breakthrough since statins” for treating heart disease. Gushing press reports also proclaimed that the drug, canakinumab, cuts risk for heart attacks, strokes, and cancer with a “revolutionary” approach – targeting inflammation, not cholesterol – according to clinical trial results released at a medical meeting on August 28. What’s missing …

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 …

An Easy, Delicious Way to Protect Your Heart Health

Following one simple habit every morning could save your life, by reducing risk for heart attack and fatal coronary heart disease (CHD). This healthy practice may also prevent weight gain, which in turn decreases your likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer, and other dangerous diseases, including CHD. The morning ritual that does all this is eating …

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. …

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 …

Salmon with Pepita-Lime Sauce

Considered medicinal for more than 3,000 years, pepitas–also known as pumpkin seeds–have a remarkable array of health benefits. Packed with magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and vitamin K, these tasty treats are also rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Studies suggest that pepitas help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce diabetes risk and have anti-inflammatory effects. In this recipe, they’re …

Apple, Tarragon and Chicken Salad

Did you know that apples are called “nature’s toothbrush” because their slightly acidic nature and fiber-rich flesh help clean your teeth as you eat them? Here is an easy, delicious recipe for a heart- and tooth-healthy lunch or dinner. Ingredients 2 tart red apples (such as Cameo Apples) 2 celery stalks (diced) 2 chicken breasts (skinless, cooked, diced, about 2 …

Must-Have Kale Salad to Go

Here’s a tasty recipe, created by a White House chef, to take to work for a heart-healthy lunch on the go. Experiment with other ingredients too — there are dozens of recipes for salads in a jar, which I often bring to the office for my midday meal. Makes 4 servings, to be packed in individual 1-quart Mason jars with …