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  • Writer's pictureBarbara McClatchie, DDS

The Collaborative Journey: How Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus and the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio Came Together

Have you ever had a cardiovascular event? Are you worried about the future? We are here to help.

In the heart of Columbus, Dr. Barb McClatchie and Dr. Eric Goulder embarked on a unique journey that transcended personal and professional status quo. Initially brought together by a passion for healthcare, their story took a pivotal turn at a BaleDoneen preceptorship. As dental and cardiology worlds collided, the realization dawned – their combined expertise could revolutionize healthcare. This "aha" moment spurred the opening of the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, marking the nation's first collaborative care center with a dentist and cardiologist under one roof.

The Power of Collaborative Care

Truly collaborative and prevention focused care bridges the gap between dentistry and cardiology, recognizing the mouth as a gateway to the rest of the body. Research underscores a significant correlation between oral health and heart health, emphasizing the critical role dentistry plays in comprehensive well-being. Dentistry is responsible for three primary root causes of cardiovascular disease as it relates to periodontal disease, endodontic disease, and airway health. Additionally, poor dental hygiene can elevate the risk of high-risk oral pathogens, which, when they find their way into the bloodstream, increase the susceptibility to chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia, and more. 

Unveiling the Secrets with Salivary Diagnostics

At Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, one of the key tools we use is salivary diagnostics. Your mouth harbors essential clues about your overall health, and a saliva test can unveil the presence of high-risk oral pathogens, including Aa, Pg, Td, Tf, and Fn. The HR5® test from Direct Diagnostics is employed for its accuracy and affordability, allowing us to tailor effective treatment plans for periodontal disease and mitigate the risk of inflammatory diseases, notably cardiovascular issues.

CIMT: A Window into Cardiovascular Health

The CIMT test emerges as a powerful ally in preventing heart attacks and strokes. If you could know with 98.6% accuracy whether a cardiovascular event looms, would you want to know? It may sound alarming to find out this information, but at Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus and the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio, we offer you a guarantee of arterial wellness. You will not have a heart attack or stroke on our watch–if we find evidence of disease when we conduct the CIMT, we will guide you through a path to whole body health. 


The CIMT is an ultrasound test that examines the carotid arteries, detecting plaque buildup or atherosclerosis – a precursor to heart attacks and strokes. The detailed insights gained from CIMT enable earlier interventions, more accurate treatments, and the potential to halt and reverse cardiovascular disease. This test is quick, non-invasive, and cost-effective, providing a baseline for ongoing evaluation and empowering individuals to take control of their heart health. With no radiation involved, the accessibility of the test makes it a crucial component of comprehensive cardiovascular assessments and a great initial screening tool to understand your disease status!

Your Path to Whole-Body Wellness Starts Here

Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus invites you to take charge of your health. Whether you seek personalized dental care, salivary diagnostics, or CIMT testing, our practice offers a holistic approach to well-being. From preventive measures to tailored treatment plans, our collaborative care model ensures that your oral health is seamlessly integrated into your overall health journey.

As a special offer until the end of February, we're providing CIMT tests at $199, including a 30 minute consultation with a board certified cardiologist (a $285 value)! Schedule your comprehensive dental and cardiovascular care today and embrace a proactive approach to your health. Contact us at (614) 412-0916 to embark on a transformative journey towards complete health. Your heart and smile deserve the best care – let's redefine what's possible, together.


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