Heart Health Information from Your Knoxville Dentist

Since February is Heart Health Awareness month, Dr. Jim Erpenbach and our staff would like to raise awareness about heart disease. Did you know that the number one killer for men and women is heart disease? As proponents of oral-systemic health, our staff genuinely cares about your general wellbeing. Emerging research indicates a link between oral…

Since February is Heart Health Awareness month, Dr. Jim Erpenbach and our staff would like to raise awareness about heart disease. Did you know that the number one killer for men and women is heart disease? As proponents of oral-systemic health, our staff genuinely cares about your general wellbeing. Emerging research indicates a link between oral health and heart disease. For many patients, heart disease is preventable by adopting a healthy, active lifestyle.

Heart Disease Statistics

  • Each year about 700,000 Americans will suffer from their first heart attack.
  • Heart disease is the number one fatal illness among almost all major ethnic groups in the United States.
  • One out of four people in the United States will suffer from heart disease.
  • The most common form of heart-related illness is coronary heart disease.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Cigar and cigarette use
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Unhealthy cholesterol levels
  • Family history of heart disease

Tips for Heart Disease Prevention

1.       Exercise – The best way to prevent heart disease is to adopt an active lifestyle. We encourage our patients to engage in cardiovascular exercise such as jogging, walking, and swimming at least three times a week.

2.       Limit saturated fat intake – Patients should be wary of saturated and trans fats. Saturated fats contribute to heart disease by clogging arteries. Patients should opt for healthy fats instead. Healthy fats include almonds, avocados, and olive oil.

3.       Eat plenty of whole grains – Whole grains and fiber help keep the body from absorbing cholesterol.

If you currently have heart disease or are at risk for developing it, we welcome you to discuss your condition with us so that we may better serve your needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Erpenbach, contact our Knoxville dentist office at 865-329-7815. We serve patients from the Bearden area and West Knoxville.