February is American Heart Month

February Health MonthEach day, nearly 2,300 Americans die due to complications of cardiovascular disease. Globally, this number of deaths can reach more than 18 million annually, and continues to increase year over year. As a federally designated month in the United States, American Heart Month helps to shine a light on preventative health measures everyone can take to decrease this number. With heart disease as the leading cause of death for both men and women, it’s important to take even the smallest of steps to make a large impact. 

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What Are My Options for Coronary Bypass Surgery?

human heart beatingIf you have coronary artery disease (CAD), then you are one of more than 3 million people in the United States who have this condition.

CAD is caused by cholesterol and plaque build-up on the inner walls of the arteries that supply blood to your heart. Over time, this plaque can harden and restrict the flow of oxygen to your heart. This can eventually block your arteries completely causing a heart attack.

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Can Gum Disease Cause Heart Issues?

In people who suffer from heart disease, doctors have begun noticing a trend where many of these patients also displayed signs of periodontal disease. This trend was confirmed through a series of studies finding that patients with periodontal disease are also more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease. While the data is there to link the two issues, experts have yet to agree on the cause.

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