AHA for Life: A Proven Plan to Prevent Heart Attacks, Strokes and Dementia

Worried that a heart attack, stroke or dementia could loom in your future? The BaleDoneen Method’s new AHA (Arterial Health Assurance) for Life program can help you avoid these devastating conditions, even if you are at significant risk for developing them due to your family history or other factors. Drawing on the latest peer-reviewed science and the pioneering new medical specialty of “arteriology,” the program offers a proven method to protect your heart and brain health while also optimizing the wellness of all of the more than 60,000 miles of blood vessels that nourish every organ, muscle and tissue in your body.

AHAforLife is designed to protect, enhance and even save your life with a unique, precision-medicine approach to prevention that has been shown in two recent peer-reviewed studies to rapidly shrink and stabilize arterial plaque, helping patients avoid heart attacks and strokes, even if they have already suffered one or more of these events. The program includes a free, personalized risk assessment for arterial disease. It also provides a wealth of online tools and resources to support you step-by-step through our life-changing disease reversal and prevention method, practiced by thousands of healthcare providers around the world.

Saving Lives, Brains and Hearts with Precision Medicine

Every 43 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack. Every 65 seconds, an American develops dementia. And every four minutes, an American man or woman dies from a stroke. As discussed more fully on our new website www.AHAforLife.com, the wonderful news is that with the optimal care and the right lifestyle moves, arterial disease and its devastating complications (such as vascular dementia) are potentially preventable.

It takes more than the current standard of care to achieve these outcomes. BaleDoneen providers have been called “disease detectives” because they use advanced lab and imaging tests to provide a comprehensive, personalized assessment to directly check each patient for hidden signs of arterial disease or “red flags” that signal increased risk for developing it. Our evidence-based method also uses leading-edge therapies and interventions to ensure that you will not become one of the grim statistics.

Discover Your Arterial Disease Risk

On the AHAforLife website, you can access a free assessment to help you and your healthcare provider identify your key areas for arterial disease risk. Complete the assessment and we will send your personalized report right to your inbox!

We are also offering exclusive, free, instant access to the entire first module of the AHAforLife program: a series of powerful videos with potentially lifesaving information you’ve probably never heard before.

  • A powerful promise: How more than two decades of landmark research by the creators of the AHAforLife program, Drs. Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen, can help you live well, without fear of heart attack, stroke or other catastrophic complications of arterial disease.
  • How the cardiovascular “standard of care” is failing you — and the entire U.S.
  • Your red flags — and what they mean for your health.
  • How most physicians are looking at the wrong markers to check for hidden disease risk.
  • How heart attacks and strokes really happen.
  • Why 50% of heart attacks and strokes happen to people with completely NORMAL cholesterol.
  • How healthy gums help prevent heart attacks, strokes and even Alzheimer’s disease.

And that’s just the beginning of this program, which has been hailed by healthcare providers as “an incredible resource,” “the future of medicine” and “the only totally comprehensive program in the world for the prevention of this disease.” While arterial disease, heart attack and stroke continue to claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined, your story can be different — even if you are at significant risk.

 Visit the AHAforlife.com website today — and take the first step toward a brighter, more vibrant and healthier future! Become an active partner with your healthcare provider in protecting and optimizing your arterial wellness. And please share what you learn with your loved ones, to help us save and enhance lives.

8 Foods for Healthier Arteries

Cardiovascular disease is actually a buildup of plaque which leads to gradual clogging of the arteries. Statistically, it is the number one killer-disease in the world, and an average of 2,000 Americans die of this disease each day!

Taking into consideration high rates like these, the cardiovascular health is one of the most important body system you should maintain and repair. Progressive clogging of the arteries is usually caused by diet, genetics and a sedentary lifestyle. It is possible to treat this condition and we have listed 8 delicious foods that will help you prevent and repair the damage.

1. Garlic

It may not have the best taste, but nutritionists do call it a super-food! Garlic will not only protect your cardiovascular health, but it can also help in the treatment of viruses, infections and even cancer!

Scientists confirm that by consuming 4,000 mcg of allicin (contained in 1-4 garlic cloves) a day, you can lower your cholesterol, decrease both diastolic and systolic blood pressure, and prevent blood cloths from forming. This creamy zinger garlic spread or pumpkin seed and garlic pasta will give you the required daily dose of cloves.

2. Pomegranate

The latest studies have shown that this delicious fruit can clean plaque build up from your arteries and also stimulate the production of nitric oxide in the blood, which will open the arteries and reduce the blood pressure.

This amazing cashew citrus cream cake with pomegranates is an excellent way to add more pomegranates to your menu!

3. Turmeric

Curcumin, the primary polyphenol found in turmeric, has proven to be efficient in the reduction of the fatty deposits in the arteries by 26%!

4. Chia Seeds

Ancient cultures have long used chia seeds, mostly because it is a solid source of hydration and energy. The fiber and alpha-linoleic acid found in chia seeds regulate the blood pressure, lower the triglycerides, and regulate the cholesterol by increasing the good and decreasing the bad cholesterol levels. Chia seeds are not only heart-healthy, but also versatile and delicious

5. Cinnamon

The cinnamon challenge is probably responsible for the negative attention to the spice, but when consumed wisely, it is amazingly efficient in treating many health conditions. Take a tablespoon of cinnamon a day and you will reduce cholesterol levels and receive a healthy dose of antioxidants. These delicious vegan cinnamon rolls will warm your heart, making it healthier and happier.

6. Apples

Apples are rich in pectin which can lower the cholesterol and slow the progression of artery clogging. A group of researchers from Ohio State University found that just an apple a day can help you reduce the hardening of the arteries by 40%.

It seems like the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is actually true! Have some grilled apple pie with vanilla coconut whipped cream and get the necessary daily dose of pectin.

7. Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain carotenoid lycopene, an antioxidant that gives their rich red color. This antioxidant is also found in its lighter or greener varieties. Increase your lycopene intake and reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol, which causes atherosclerosis. Tomatoes are also important for bone health! This warming eggplant and tomato stew will give you the required dose of lycopene.

8. Greens

Leafy greens are rich in anti-oxidizing vitamins. These can prevent the oxidization of cholesterol, which leads to the formation of plaque in the arteries. Greens also contain fiber, potassium, and folate, which are efficient in the treatment of high blood pressure.

A single serving of folate-rich leafy greens a day can lower the homocysteine levels. This decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, so try to consume more spinach or chard. Green smoothies are the perfect way to consume more greens. Try this delicious green smoothie cheat sheet and adjust the ingredients untill you find your favorite!

– Source: http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/8-foods-that-could-help-unclog-your-arteries/#sthash.l9LXxUUz.dpuf

I do not support articles or advice recommending one food or even a few foods as the “Super Food” answer to preventing heart attack and stroke.  In fact, some of this type of advice is downright offensive to me because it is dangerously misleading to the reader.  And, most nutritional recommendations are not the best advice for everyone.  In other words, the most effective nutritional advice is individualized, based on one’s genetics.  However, I have posted the following link because the 8 foods discussed are highly recommended by me.  The authors have gone too far, in my opinion, to say these foods will “Unclog your arteries”.  Nonetheless food is powerful and these 8 foods will promote healthy arteries, for any genetic type.

– Gina Pritchard

Reduce Stress so Life’s Not a Mess

We all know how stressful life can be. Between balancing home and work life, the increased congestion on our roads and the overall hectic schedule of our day to day lives can cause even the easiest going person to feel some stress. But how you let stress impact you is within your
control.

While a certain amount of stress is considered normal, stress that is frequent or long lasting can adversely affect your health, from headaches, to upset stomach, to weakening your immune system. Stress can also make your heart race and cause rapid breathing.

You CAN choose to have less stress in your life. I started thinking about the ways I control stress in my life, and here are my top 10:

  • Make a list of things you are thankful for, when you’re stressed think about all of the wonderful things in your life already.
  • Talk it out and put it in perspective. Sometimes sharing your feelings of stress with a confidant can allow you to gain a different perspective. A good friend can sometimes help you see the positives, even if it seems there are none.
  • Keep a realistic schedule. Try not to say “yes” to every opportunity that comes your way, allow for some free time every day.
  • Get enough rest. Being tired makes everything seem worse.
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Keeping your body nourished can positively impact your state of mind. Also try to drink more water and less caffeine.
  • Write it down. Take time to journal about the stress you’re feeling.
  • Go for a walk. A change of scenery could be just what you need. Walk at a comfortable pace, and take good deep breaths. Even 5 minutes around the block can boost your mood.
  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter. There is nothing better than giving affection to a pet waiting for its forever family. Better yet, just get out and volunteer! There are so many organizations that need and will greatly appreciate your time. Visit with a local senior who is housebound and spend time listening to their journey, you’ll learn something new and provide companionship.
  • Reflect. Think about what causes you the greatest stress in your life. Is there something you can change or modify to reduce your level of stress? Do you find your commute to work particularly stressful? Perhaps changing your route could help.
  • Find something to look forward to. Book yourself a massage, or plan a weekend getaway. Having an enjoyable activity on the horizon, and planning for it can be enough to change your mindset.

If you feel that you are unable to control the stress in your life or feelings of overwhelm are constant for you, make an appointment to see your health care provider and discuss your feelings – don’t feel like you need to do it alone.

Eggs and Your Heart Health

Recently, I was asked about eggs and cardiovascular health.

Many people are afraid to eat cholesterol-containing foods, such as eggs. Eggs are a great source of vitamins, nutrients and amino acids. But, egg yolks contain cholesterol. What about eating cholesterol? Does cholesterol consumption increase one’s risk for atherosclerosis (plaque build up in the artery walls) and heart attacks? Do eggs clog arteries?

The ”lipid-hypothesis” theory suggests that there is a direct relationship between eating foods that are high in cholesterol (such as eggs, lobster, steak, and liver) and developing cardiovascular disease. This theory has long been controversial. Recent research suggests that dietary cholesterol isn’t nearly as dangerous as most people believe. Recent studies have demonstrated that eating three or more eggs per day raises HDL (the “good cholesterol”) and also produces larger HDL and LDL (the “bad cholesterol”) particles. Bigger more robust HDL particles are better at ridding the bloodstream of harmful cholesterol. And bigger LDL particles are less likely to invade the arterial wall and clump into plaque.

Cholesterol is important for every cell in our body, especially brain cells. We need cholesterol to make digestive bile acids that allow us to actually utilize nutrients from our food. Cholesterol is necessary to manufacturer sex hormones (testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen) and necessary to manufacturer vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. So, with the PREVENT method, we do not recommend strict restriction of dietary cholesterol for most people. Our genes influence cholesterol levels more than diet. So, it is important to know your genetic make-up for tailored nutritional recommendations that favor your DNA.

Part of this blog is paraphrased with permission from “Beat the Heart Attack Gene” written by Amy Doneen and Brad Bale, our current leading experts in heart attack and stroke prevention.  I highly recommend everyone read and follow the recommendations in this book.

Bale, Bradley, MD, Doneen, Amy, DNP, ARNP, Collier Cool, Lisa “Beat the Heart Attack Gene:  The Revolutionary Plan to Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes” 2014  Wiley