Heart disease is the primary killer of men and women in the United States, so it’s important to be proactive about the risk factors that lead to heart disease. Dr. James Needell has extensive experience in addressing high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease. If you live or around Gastonia, North Carolina, you should schedule an appointment at Gastonia Wellness & Long Term Care.

BaleDoneen Method

Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention

Every 43 seconds, someone in the US has a heart attack and every four minutes an American dies from a stroke. Very often people who suffer these events were previously unaware that they had cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading killer of men and women. The Bale-Doneen Method offers a unique, comprehensive and science-based approach to detecting, preventing and treating CVD that has been shown in two peer-reviewed studies to halt or reverse the disease and prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The standard of care in screening for coronary disease and stroke is limited to a few blood tests and, if a patient is at high risk, a few studies. These tests can identify an important set of patients who are at risk. However, it misses 60% of the heart attacks and strokes, including the most deadly ones – those with sudden onset in previously asymptomatic patients. Using the Bale-Doneen Method, Dr. Needell can identify at-risk patients who otherwise, would be missed and treat to FULL PREVENTION those identified. Dr. Needell is one of the only registered Bale-Doneen providers in North or South Carolina.

Patients concerned about or at risk for heart disease or stroke, including those who have a family history, previous events, a diagnosis of blockages or stents, diabetes, hypertension or hyperlipidemia are welcome to call for an evaluation by Dr. Needell. We offer these services both to our MDVIP patients or those who wish to be evaluated but keep their own primary care provider.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease describes various conditions, but primarily refers to blood vessel conditions that put you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Conditions that narrow or block the blood vessels are the most common cause of heart disease.

Conditions that fall into the heart disease category include:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Heart infection
  • Congestive heart failure

Heart disease usually starts with artery damage and plaque buildup that slowly narrows the blood vessels over time. Eventually, blood flow to the heart is compromised, and life-threatening blood clots can form.

What are the risk factors for heart disease?

Your age, genetics, and lifestyle choices can put you at risk for heart disease. The four major risk factors for cardiovascular disease include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking

High blood pressure and cholesterol usually don’t produce visible symptoms, so diagnostic screening is essential to catch them before they cause further damage.

To partner with Dr. Needell to manage your concerns about high cholesterol and heart disease with Dr. Needell, call Gastonia Wellness & Long Term Care.