A true Pandemic
Based on a 2016 report, over 121.5 million American adults have one or more types of cardiovascular disease (CVD). That is 48% of the adult population. There are 22 types of cardiovascular disease; hypertensive heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular heart disease, inflammatory heart disease, and atherosclerosis, to name a few. CVD is the #1 leading cause of death and disability in the United States. 12 million cases per year of mortality from CVD (30% of all deaths in the United States). About 200,000 avoidable deaths occurred in the United States in 2010 from heart disease, stroke, and hypertensive disease. 56% of these deaths were among people under 65 years of age. Cardiovascular disease remains the number one global cause of death (17.3 million deaths per year).
The Connection between Gum Disease and Heart Disease
Periodontal bacteria travel from the oral cavity into the blood stream, causing systemic inflammation. The presence of dangerous oral bacteria is a root cause of systemic inflammation and damage to blood vessel lining: the first step toward heart attack and stroke. Pro-inflammatory mediators are released in response to periodontal disease driving insulin resistance, which causes arterial damage and cardiovascular disease. Periodontal disease is the only known disease to increase LpPla2 levels (a protein) which increases arterial plaque vulnerability and plays a direct role in cardiovascular disease progression.
Prevention is the Key to reducing risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Improving oral health reduces systemic infection and inflammation, allowing the body to heal itself. Eliminating oral infections may lead to disease reversal. Studies suggest that nearly half of all heart attacks and ischemic strokes could be prevented with complete health dental treatment.
Excess stress may be detrimental to your health. The stress response initiates hormones that increase your heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension. Long-term exposure to stress can disrupt nearly every organ in your body, increasing your risk for serious health complications such as heart attack and stroke.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet lowers your risk for many chronic conditions including obesity, heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes and depression. Regular exercise is important for total body health. Exercise improves heart health by helping your heart and cardiovascular system work more efficiently. Goal: A minimum of 30 minutes of exercise daily.
It can help control blood pressure, improve blood lipids and reduce systemic inflammation. Proper sleep is important for general health. Lack of sleep enhances pro-inflammatory activity and reduces proper immune function, impacting your safety, vitality, and longevity. Goal: 8 hours of high quality sleep nightly.