7 years ago, a few visits to the dentist for major dental work, forever changed my life. Before those visits, I was in perfect health and had been on a life extension program for 25 years with amazing results. At the time I had this work, doctors were just realizing that bacteria released from major dental work could have damaging effects to the heart and were starting to recommend antibiotics to some of their patients before dental surgery. Especially if you had a history of rheumatic fever as a child, or even just a heart murmur. 6 months after those treatments brought me to the doctor with very bad AFIB, a form of arrhythmia. The evaluation showed my cholesterol was high, my heart was enlarged, and my mitral valve was sloppy and not seating properly. Mitral valve regurgitation or mitral regurgitation, is a condition in which your heart's mitral valve doesn't close tightly, which allows blood to flow backward in your heart. Mitral valve regurgitation is also called mitral insufficiency, or mitral incompetence. I had what is called Infective Endocarditis, inflammation of the heart and heart valves, and it was most likely caused by the recent dental work. This has since progressed into Cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. There are three main types of cardiomyopathy — dilated, hypertrophic and restrictive — all of which affect your heart's muscle, often making it difficult to pump blood and deliver it to the rest of your body.
Needless to say I was angry, depressed and I have had to deal with the damage, which was considerable, and still do to this day. Medications were recommended to treat but not cure the damaged valves and enlarged heart, as well as the elevated cholesterol. Since that time I have decided to turn lemons into lemonade, and have devoted myself to the healing of the heart without drugs. My research is found on my page Mending a Broken Heart. The heart of the research is on the Pauling/Rath Protocol, which was patented back in 1992 as an effective treatment and reversal program for cardiovascular disease. The program works, but is not a cure that you can take and then stop, as I was painfully reminded of last week with a heart attack at my home.
I stabilized myself and managed to live through it, but was reminded that I can't experiment with other programs and veer too far from the effective treatment I need to stay well.
I assure you, I will not make that mistake again.
This week I have attached some practical articles on this subject and the heart in general.
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Good Dental Hygiene May Help Prevent Heart Infection...
Good dental hygiene and health may be crucial in preventing heart valve infection, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
In 2007, the American Heart Association modified its recommendation that preventive antibiotics be used prior to most dental procedures for the great majority of those at risk for infective endocarditis (IE) -- a rare but life-threatening infection of the lining of the heart or heart valve that can occur when bacteria enter the bloodstream.
The association now recommends preventive antibiotics only for patients at the highest risk for a bad outcome from IE.
Infectious Heart Disease Death Rates Rising Again, Say Scientists...
Infectious heart disease is still a major killer in spite of improvements in health care, but the way the disease develops has changed so much since its discovery that nineteenth century doctors would not recognise it, scientists heard at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn meeting being held this week at Trinity College, Dublin. Infective endocarditis is a devastating, progressive and frequently fatal heart disease usually caused by bacterial pathogens. It was first identified in the nineteenth century and has changed beyond all recognition due to evolution of the disease itself and developments in modern healthcare such as open-heart surgery, antibiotics and new medical imaging techniques.
"In spite of these medical advances, infective endocarditis is still evolving and we are seeing new patterns of the disease and its complications. Despite all our improvements in health care, the death rate has been virtually unchanged for the last 20 years, and now seems to be rising again," said cardiologist Dr Bernard Prendergast from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, UK.
Bleeding Gums Linked To Heart Disease...
Bad teeth, bleeding gums and poor dental hygiene can end up causing heart disease, scientists heard at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn meeting being held this week at Trinity College, Dublin. People with poor dental hygiene and those who don't brush their teeth regularly end up with bleeding gums, which provide an entry to the bloodstream for up to 700 different types of bacteria found in our mouths. This increases the risk of having a heart attack, according to microbiologists from the University of Bristol and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Leading Worldwide Cause Of Cardiovascular Disease May Be Modified By Diet...
A new article indicates that an increased intake in minerals such as potassium, and possibly magnesium and calcium by dietary means may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and decrease blood pressure in people with hypertension. A high intake of these minerals in the diet may also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.
Video - Grape Seed Extract for high blood presure...
Robert Kowalski recommends taking grape seed extract to lower blood pressure because it works the same as prescription drugs, without the side effects. Double blind studies prove it's effectiveness.
Video - Omega 3 Fatty Acids Essential for Heart, Brain Health...
Men who don't get enough omega 3 fatty acids face increased risk of cardiovascular and neurological problems. And since not many guys eat enough of the fish that are rich in omega 3's, supplements are often a good idea.
Eating Broccoli Reduces Risk of Heart Attack...
Eating raw or lightly cooked broccoli helps protect the heart against damage and maintain its healthy functioning, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Connecticut and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.Researchers fed an extract of steamed broccoli to a group of rats for one month, then compared those rats to others that had been fed a standard diet. They found that the rats that had been fed the steamed broccoli extract had better heart function than those who had not. In addition, when all the rats were deprived of oxygen, those who had been fed steamed broccoli extract suffered less damage to their hearts and those who had been fed the standard diet.
Macadamia Nuts Lower Risk Factors for Coronary Disease ...
Think of the creamy rich taste of a macadamia nut. Consider its crunch. Many believe the macadamia to be the world's finest nut. This may all sound really dreamy, but macadamias are full of fat, so they're probably not good for you, right? Well, recent studies are finding that a diet rich in macadamia nuts reduces total cholesterol, including LDL-cholesterol, and favorably modulates risk factors for coronary disease in patients with high cholesterol levels.
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