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Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention with Collaborative Care


Did you know that up to 50% of heart attacks and strokes are triggered by high-risk oral bacteria? The health of your mouth can have a significant impact on the health of your body, including your cardiovascular system.


October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and October 16–22 is Oral Systemic Health Awareness Week. At the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, not only do we care about your dental health; we work directly with your dental team to provide collaborative care.


The Dental-Medical Connection

There are dozens of root causes of inflammation, as outlined by The BaleDoneen Method, three of which must be treated by a dentist (Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Periodontal Disease, and Endodontic Disease).


High-risk oral bacteria often enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. BaleDoneen research is the first to show that these bacterial pathogens are directly linked to arterial health and can cause heart attacks and strokes.


How does this mouth-heart connection work?

  • People with gum disease have twice as much small, dense LDL cholesterol (the most dangerous kind) in their bloodstream as those with healthy gums.

  • Chemicals produced by high-risk oral bacteria make it easier for bad cholesterol to invade artery walls.

  • These chemicals make the inner layers of the artery (where plaque forms) stickier, like Velcro, so cholesterol is more likely to be trapped there and clump into plaque.


In order to provide a guarantee of arterial wellness, there must be medical and dental collaboration to treat these three root causes.


Thank you to our dental team!

At the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, we have a team comprised of both medical and dental professionals. During the month of October, we celebrate our dental hygiene team, and continue to discuss the importance of collaborative care for true heart attack and stroke prevention.


By working together, we can treat all the root causes of inflammation, resulting in a settling down of the inflammatory process, allowing the arteries to heal, and guaranteeing arterial wellness for a lifetime.


You can take action now, before something happens, and experience the power of preventative healthcare in Columbus, Ohio. Contact us at the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio to learn more and schedule an appointment today.


The Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, located in Columbus, OH, is the first center in the nation to feature the expertise of cardiology and dentistry under one roof, providing a personalized experience for every patient. For further information, questions, or to schedule an appointment, contact the office at (614) 412-1157.


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