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  • Writer's pictureEric Goulder, MD, FACC

June Is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and Men's Health Month

Are you or someone you love concerned with Alzhemier’s disease? Do you know a father, grandfather, or close friend who experiences Alzheimer’s? According to the CDC, cognitive decline is more common in men than women. At the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, we are dedicated to preventing and even reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s, as well as preventing heart attacks and strokes. We’re here to guide you through your health journey, so come along with us on a path toward optimal health.


Alzheimer's and Men's Health: A Double Focus

June serves as both Alzheimer's Awareness Month and Men’s Health Month, making it an ideal time to address how these two critical health issues intersect. Alzheimer's disease, a debilitating condition that affects memory and cognitive function, is more common than many realize. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 in 9 people aged 65 or older has Alzheimer’s dementia. Moreover, research indicates that men tend to experience more unusual symptoms of Alzheimer’s compared to women, such as problems with speech or movement, while women are more likely to struggle with memory.


The Interconnection of Alzheimer’s, Heart Attacks, and Strokes

There is a profound link between Alzheimer's disease and cardiovascular health. Alzheimer’s patients are at increased risk for heart attacks and strokes due to the underlying vascular issues that often accompany dementia. Chronic inflammation, a common factor in both cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s, exacerbates the risk of these severe health events. Did you know that Alzheimer’s begins to develop decades before symptoms appear? Therefore, it is crucial to address and manage inflammation and other risk factors early on.


Comprehensive Care at the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center

At the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, we offer a range of services aimed at preventing heart attacks, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Led by board certified cardiologist Dr. Eric Goulder, our approach is tailored to each individual’s unique health profile and lifestyle. Here are some of the preventive methods and partnerships we utilize:


Genetic Testing: We do genetic testing for any predisposition of cardiovascular disease that could lead to Alzheimer’s. With a simple, non-invasive, 30 second saliva test, we can learn your exact risk factors for the development of arterial disease and provide you with a personalized treatment plan for cardiovascular wellness. Learn more about genetic testing here.


BaleDoneen Method: This evidence-based approach focuses on identifying and treating the root causes of arterial disease. By targeting inflammation and other contributing factors, we help reduce the risk of both cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. Learn more about the BaleDoneen Method here.


ReCODE (Reversing Cognitive Decline): Developed by Dr. Dale Bredesen, ReCODE is a comprehensive program designed to prevent and reverse early Alzheimer’s disease by addressing various factors that contribute to cognitive decline, including inflammation, nutrient deficiencies, and lifestyle choices. Dr. McClatchie, our collaborator at Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, is a mentor and key opinion leader for Apollo, and is equipped with extensive knowledge to screen and treat patients. Learn more about ReCODE here.


Oral Care: Also in partnership with Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, we use salivary diagnostics to detect harmful bacteria, potentially dangerous amalgams, and endodontic infections that could contribute to systemic health issues, including Alzheimer’s. Identifying and treating oral inflammation can help reduce overall inflammation in the body, thereby lowering the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and Alzheimer’s. Learn more about salivary diagnostics here.


Sleep Disordered Breathing: Another collaboration we do with Dr. McClatchie is screen for sleep disordered breathing. Certified in the Vivos Method, her office offers convenient home testing to diagnose sleep apnea and other airway disorders. They work closely with local sleep specialists to ensure comprehensive treatment. This integrated approach addresses a critical aspect of your health, significantly reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and related conditions. Learn more about sleep disordered breathing here.


The Importance of Preventive Care

Alzheimer's disease can be frightening, and it is difficult to watch a loved one go through its progression. However, preventive care offers a beacon of hope. By focusing on early detection and intervention, we can significantly reduce the risk of developing this condition.


Our comprehensive approach includes tests, treatments, and lifestyle coaching to ensure that you remain healthy and free from heart attacks, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease. We guarantee that under our care, you will not have a heart attack or stroke. This commitment is based on our robust preventive strategies, a comprehensive personalized approach, and continuous monitoring of your health.


Take Action This June

This June, as we observe both Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and Men’s Health Month, we encourage you to take proactive steps toward protecting your health and the health of your loved ones. Schedule an appointment today by calling (614) 396-8703 or visiting our contact page, and let us help you on a journey of optimal wellness.

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