Most cardiologists shocked to discover the true cause of heart attacks

Most cardiologists shocked to discover the true cause of heart attacks
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(NaturalHealth365) For many years, truth be known, conventionally-trained cardiologists have just believed that heart attacks occur out of shear ‘bad luck’ – blaming it on a poor family history, diet, body weight issues, or saying “I guess it was just your time, because you haven’t been doing anything wrong.”

For the past century, scientific articles have continued to pour in showing that there are very many risk factors for heart disease, like elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and so on.

There is no question that such risk factors are clearly associated with heart disease, and, when uncontrolled, appear to accelerate its development. But, there IS a missing link that we must discuss right now.

The BIG misunderstanding about most heart attacks

In recent years, cardiology now appears to have collectively realized and accepted that coronary atherosclerosis (arterial narrowing and blockages) never develop in the absence of inflammation in the coronary arterial wall, initially in the endothelium, its innermost layer.

As doctors despise treating anything they feel they do not understand, this revelation has helped many of my cardiologist colleagues to feel comfortable that they are no longer treating just ‘unlucky’ individuals, and that they are no longer limited to just taking care of their patients after the heart attack has already occurred.

Instead, the thought process is akin to: “Your coronary arteries are chronically inflamed, and we need to minimize that inflammation as best we can.”

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Yet, while the focus has now shifted to coronary artery inflammation, the conclusion is still that a heart attack victim is more unfortunate than anything else, but that there is now a name for that ‘misfortune’: inflammation. Nobody, it seems, is yet ready to ask why the elephant named inflammation is in the room to begin with.

Could the root cause of most heart attacks be due to ‘focal coronary arterial scurvy?’

Most people, including healthcare practitioners, think of scurvy only as a severe vitamin C deficiency throughout the body that rarely occurs any longer in the modern world. And this is correct. However, scurvy also occurs when vitamin C is severely depleted in one tissue or organ while the rest of the body has ample amounts.

This is known as focal scurvy – which often exists in individuals who appear to be otherwise completely healthy. And where there is focal scurvy, there is focal inflammation, as discussed below.

Normally, vitamin C is present literally everywhere in the body, both inside and outside the cells. All organs contain it and need it to function correctly and optimally. A point that continues to be missed by many clinicians and even basic researchers is the following:

Inflammation cannot exist in a vitamin C-rich cellular environment.  Pathophysiologically, inflammation and vitamin C deficiency are the same.

This is because inflammation results in nothing more than increased oxidative stress (prooxidation), and such increased oxidative stress cannot exist where enough vitamin C (antioxidant) is present at the same time.

So, any factor that increases oxidative stress consumes a proportionate amount of vitamin C, and any decrease in the ongoing supply of vitamin C to an area of the body allows oxidative stress to go unquenched, and this allows the clinical and laboratory evidence of vitamin C deficiency (aka focal scurvy) to appear. This means that…

Focal inflammation is a synonym for focal scurvy.

And since all disease pathologies feature increased oxidative stress in the affected tissues and cells, it can be further stated that:

All chronic diseases are states of focal scurvy in the affected tissues and organs.

So, in the case of coronary atherosclerosis – we must ask an important question.

Why is there always inflammation and a state of focal scurvy in the coronary arterial walls?

The only common way for the coronary artery to become severely deficient in vitamin C is to have pathogenic microorganisms take root there and metabolically consume (oxidize) all, or nearly all, of the vitamin C normally present. When this is occurring chronically, the result is chronic inflammation.

If there is a short-lived infection elsewhere in the body and only transiently releasing pathogens into the bloodstream, inflammation can come and go, and vitamin C levels can be restored. But when the pathogen supply in the blood is continuous, the inflammation remains and even vigorous vitamin C supplementation will typically not resolve that inflammation.

That inflammation then becomes the disease, as the macrophages and other immune system agents enter the inflamed area of the coronary artery and try to chronically “cure” the incessant seeding of pathogens.

The increased oxidative stress due to the release of reactive oxygen species from the white blood cells resulting from the chronic inflammation in the absence of the vitamin C is the initiator and primary propagator of the atherosclerotic process.

Every cardiologist needs to understand the significance of gum disease

For some years now, the cardiology and dental literature has shown that chronic periodontal disease (infected gums) is clearly “associated” with increased coronary artery disease. While this is true, it is finally becoming clear that this “association” is really cause-and-effect. That is to say, the oral pathogens directly cause the atherosclerosis.

Multiple studies now reveal that the blood vessel walls and the atherosclerotic plaques contain the same array of pathogens that are found in the infected gums.  In addition, a much higher concentration of these pathogens has been found to be present in the blood clots that acutely and completely block off the coronary artery and cause the heart attack.

Yet the literature continues to assert only an “association” between these pathogens and coronary artery pathology.

Sometimes simple logic just gets tossed out the window.

How could a heart attack-causing blood clot accumulate a high concentration of organisms from blood that is supposed to be completely sterile when cultured?  Of course, no researcher is going to resolve gum disease, document the disappearance of coronary inflammation, and then re-infect the gums to show the return of the inflammation.

Without the use of clear-headed logic, the oral pathogen-coronary inflammation connection remains forever a mere “link or association,” and clinicians need not feel compelled to make oral examination and treatment a mandatory part of the treatment of any patient with suspected or documented coronary heart disease.

The chronic infection of root canal-treated teeth is the source of the coronary inflammation for most heart attack patients, probably 70% of the time or so.

Chronic gum disease probably accounts for another 20 to 25% of cases. The remainder comes from other unidentified sources chronically seeding pathogens into the blood, like infected tonsils or perhaps even a chronically constipated and pathogen-proliferating gut.

A ‘take home’ message for every heart disease patient

The point is that all coronary heart disease patients are not being correctly and completely treated if their mouths have not even been examined or considered in the evaluation and treatment of their condition.

In point of fact, such patients are having the most important reasons for their heart disease being ignored or otherwise neglected. Oral pathogens are the reason for well over 90% of heart attacks, and probably less than 5% of cardiologists and other physicians even know to look for this causative factor.

A heart attack patient is NOT just unlucky. Rather, the heart attack patient has an overwhelming likelihood of having a steady supply of oral pathogens and toxins coming from root canal-treated teeth and/or chronically infected gums.

Bottom line, while nobody likes to get in the dental chair, avoiding the proper dental care and intervention can result in a much sicker and a much shorter life.

About the author: Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD is a board-certified internist and cardiologist. He is also bar-certified for the practice of law. He has written extensively on the importance of eliminating toxins while bolstering antioxidant defenses in the body, with particular focus on vitamin C. His website is

Sources for this article include:

Haraszthy et al. (2000) Identification of periodontal pathogens in atheromatous plaques. Journal of Periodontology 71:1554-1560. PMID: 11063387

Mattila et al. (2005) Dental infections and cardiovascular disease: a review. Journal of Periodontology 76:2085-2088. PMID: 16277580

Caplan et al. (2006) Lesions of endodontic origin and risk of coronary artery disease. Journal of Dental Research 85:996-1000. PMID: 17062738

Caplan et al. (2009) The relationship between self-reported history of endodontic therapy and coronary artery disease in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. Journal of the American Dental Association 140:1004-1012. PMID: 19654253

Willershausen et al. (2014) Association between chronic periodontal and apical inflammation and acute myocardial infarction. Odontology 102:297-302. PMID: 23604464

Ott et al. (2006) Detection of diverse bacterial signatures in atherosclerotic lesions of patients with coronary artery disease. Circulation 113:929-937. PMID: 16490835

Pessi et al. (2013) Bacterial signatures in thrombus aspirates of patients with myocardial infarction. Circulation 127:1219-1228. PMID: 23418311

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5 years ago

This condition is remedied directly by lipsomal vitamin C which penetrates into every cell in the body. Regular oral vitamin c tablets will not work because it is not transferred to every cell in the body. Lipsomal vitamin C also prevents organ and DNA damage by high radiation. You must make it yourself using powdered vitamin c, water, lecithin and an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. The vitamin C is encapsulated in the lecithin which is absorbed by every cell in the body. When the lecithin is used by the cell, the vitamin c is released inside the cell. This form of vitamin C stays in the body until used, not like regular oral vitamin C tablets which are removed by the kidneys very quickly. When I started lipsomal vitamin C I got increased body strength, greater stamina and increased energy. That was 2.5 years ago and the benefits continue to this day.

Reply to  PaulFrancis
5 years ago

Hi Paul Francis
What ratio do you use. I have enlarged heart from stress, I’m sure.
I feel this may help me.
Thanks Joan

Reply to  Joan
5 years ago

Please send an email address and I will respond. I’m glad to share but this site is not a convenient venue. Cheers
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Denise is my wife and we share an email. We’re retired.

5 years ago

The sooner people understand the link between gum disease/oral health and heart health the better. I have been talking about this topic for 7-8 years now and most people just look at me blankly! I oil pull with coconut oil 5-6 days a week and often along with a few drops of thieves oil. This helps keep the mouth in great shape. Also make my own toothpaste so no fluoride. Also have been taking lypo-spheric vit c for about 6-7 years as well which is a great foundation for body to absorb all minerals and vitamins.

pam r
pam r
5 years ago

Very informative article. Thanks Dr. Levy

Greg Hill
Greg Hill
1 year ago

I had my first “unexplained,” “bad luck” heart attack at the age of 54. I know today that if my first cardiologist had only known to ask me, “Greg, have you ever had a root canal?” I could have easily prevented two more heart attacks, the last one nearly fatal. And by the way, my conventional dentist for over 20 years knew all about my three heart attacks but never even checked to see if maybe that old root canal had become infected. Nearly all of the conventional health care professionals these days are way too stuck in their narrow area of specialization, ignoring the fact that all areas of the body are interconnected and in one way or another interact with each other. We are in such urgent need of a total revamping of our entire Big Pharma-driven “medical industrial complex” which pretends to be a “health care” system. We are so very fortunate to have a few truly inspired thought leaders like Dr. Levy showing us the way. Thank you Dr. Levy!

You can imagine my astonishment when a holistic dentist told me, “You’d better have that infected root canalled tooth removed and the infection in the jaw bone above it cleaned out before it causes you to have a heart attack.” This was on my first-ever visit with him and he had no way of knowing about the three heart attacks that I’d already had. I immediately got online, tracked down the work of Weston A. Price and Hal Huggins, and scheduled an appointment to have the needed dental work done as soon as possible. To my way of thinking, having a dead tooth removed from my body was a whole lot better than having another open heart surgery.

My last heart attack was now almost 8 years ago. I took my last prescription pill about 7 years ago and today will not use any over-the-counter medications either. According to my new ND doctor I am now in at least “good” to “very good” and often “excellent” health in nearly every way — not bad for a 69 year old who has suffered from three “unexplained” heart attacks, the last one resulting in emergency open heart surgery. Even before I had that root canalled tooth removed I had come to my senses and fired my last cardiologist. I also dumped all the toxic poisons like statins and beta-blockers that he had told me I would have to take for the rest of my life. And I stopped eating what he had told me was a “heart-healthy diet” (you know, like very low saturated fat and no egg yolks) and switched to eating what Mark Hyman jokingly calls a “Pegan” diet (a cross between “Paleo” and “Vegan” diets which is really omnivorous but mostly plants, all non-GMO, organic, grass-fed, etc.). I also started taking supplements including a couple of grams of vitamin C every day. That is very likely what kept me out of the hospital during the several years between my last heart attack and having that long term chronic infection in my mouth cleaned up a couple of years ago.

The bottom line is, if you are having any kind of “unexplained” (often called “idiopathic”) health issues in your heart or anywhere else in your body, it would probably be well worth your time, trouble and maybe even out-of-pocket expense to have a good holistic dentist give you a thorough checkup. Don’t just trust a conventional dentist the way I mistakenly did. Another great resource for self-education about this important topic is Jonathan’s Holistic Oral Health summit, which I’m sure you can find for sale somewhere on this website.

4 years ago

Download book on this by Dr. Matthias Rath ‘Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks But Humans Do’. Taking 500 mg Vit C a day removes 50% arterial deposits in three years. He also states that lack of Vit C causes scurvy that leads to heart attacks.