One out of every three people will die as a result of cardiovascular disease. This is a major problem that must be addressed. To reduce these numbers, it is essential to discuss heart attack and stroke prevention. It is often too late to begin caring for a patient after a major cardiovascular event.
Our office pushes the standard of care to treat patients based on his or her risk factors for developing health issues with the help of the Bale/Doneen Method. This method follows a more proactive health approach to detect, prevent and correct the findings of your health. Here is a closer look at some key differences between conventional healthcare and this new method.
What is the Bale/Doneen Method?
The Bale/Doneen Method takes an arterial approach to health care. Unlike the current standard practices, the focus is the prevention of heart attacks and strokes based on a disease treatment paradigm versus a risk factor paradigm. The current system of care deals with risk factors like age, gender, and genetic history. We will then calculate the risks and you and your doctor will create a health plan geared toward your overall health.
The problem occurs in patients who have low-risk factors but still have arterial issues. Physicians need to begin being proactive and looking at individuals, especially understanding what is going on inside of arteries. After locating problems, it makes it easier to discover why the disease is present and to watch the disease stabilize after treatment.
What Tests Are Necessary Within the Bale/Doneen Method?
One of the most painless tests that can reveal hidden heart attack or stroke risks is a carotid artery scan. The FDA has approved a test that measures carotid intima-media thickness. It is an important test for individuals with little risk factors for developing cardiovascular issues. Under traditional care, 75 percent of heart attacks happen in people with normal cholesterol levels. Through this ultrasound procedure, the neck is examined so that a doctor can uncover whether or not a patient is heading for health problems. This screening detects atherosclerosis, a condition where deposits hide within the arteries. Also, it is possible to find the “age” of a patient’s arteries.
The NT-ProBNP is a part of the blood testing that is involved with the Bale/Doneen Method. This test measures the amount of BNP in the blood. When the heart is under stress, the body excretes high levels of this substance. If elevated levels are detected, it is a red flag that a person may be heading for a stroke or heart attack. It’s possible that we may need to perform other blood tests depending on your particular situation.
Why Choose Our Practice for Your Oral Care Needs?
Dr. McClatchie is a dentist who recognizes the oral-systemic connection. She understands that getting a look inside of a patient’s mouth will help to uncover other health problems throughout his or her body. She performs saliva/oral DNA testing so that she can identify individual problems and develop customized treatments throughout her practice.
Besides caring for teeth, she tries to lower her patients’ risks for developing heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and other inflammatory problems, which is why she’s partnered with Dr. Goulder from the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio. Together, they uncover more information about the link between the mouth and the other parts of your body or the Bale/Doneen Method, schedule a consultation today.