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Cardiologist Dr. Eric Goulder has been practicing for over 30 years. During that time, he’s practiced what’s known as standard, or guideline, guided cardiology.


This practice (used by almost every cardiologist in the country) looks at large investigational studies, then arrives at generalized rules for how to practice based on those large groups.


But this approach means that often the individuality of patients gets ignored.


“In order to practice a more individualized type of medicine, I am opening the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Central Ohio (HASPC),” shares Dr. Goulder.


Dr. Goulder explains how the idea for this practice is rooted in his frustration that not enough is being done to prevent disease. Guideline driven cardiology looks at certain risk factors you may have and then arrives at a 10-year risk level for you. If the risk level isn’t very high, you’re told you’re doing fine and nothing changes.


“It ignores the fact that you are an individual and you may have certain genetics and other medical issues that may put you at increased cardiovascular risk,” he adds. 


But it was an unlikely event that opened his eyes to a new style of medicine. His wife, dentist Dr. Barbara McClatchie, attended her first AAOSH conference. At the conference, she heard Drs. Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen speak about the inflammatory basis of atherosclerotic disease (hardening of the arteries).


“She came home excited for both of us to learn more about their approach to atherosclerosis,” Dr. Goulder recalls.


The Bale Doneen Method of preventing heart attacks and strokes is based upon looking for evidence that you may have asymptomatic atherosclerosis and treating it.


Plus, this method also looks at other inflammatory problems you may have in order to slow down, or even stop and regress, the hardening of the arteries.


Basically, Drs. McClatchie and Goulder use the Bale Doneen Method, which shifts care from the disease and repair model, as a proactive health and prevention model.


This July, Drs. Goulder and McClatchie are opening the HASPC of Central Ohio in Worthington. It’ll be the first practice of its kind in the nation; pairing medicine and dentistry to prevent heart attack and stroke. Dr. McClatchie’s dental practice, Complete Health Dentistry of Columbus, will also be in the same offices as HASPC.


Dr. Goulder details how, “under our care, we guarantee that you will not have a heart attack or stroke.”


At HASPC, patients start with a 4-hour private consultation with Dr. Goulder, who delivers a medical exam. Then a series of tests to assess the patient’s current situation, review of results, and development of a personalized prevention plan. HASPC is also unique in that they work in coordination with a patient’s current medical team.


Types of tests you can expect from HASPC include: 

  • Saliva Test: determines if you have high risk oral bacteria that causes hardening of the arteries
  • Carotid artery ultrasound: looks for arterial blockage
  • Dental periodontal screening
  • Inflammatory testing from Cleveland Heart Lab


The mission at HASPC, says Dr. Goulder is “enriching the quality of life for every person we meet.” 


You can learn more about the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center (HASPC) of Central Ohio by visiting them online at You can learn about upcoming events by visiting their “Events” page and be sure to follow HASPC on Facebook. For more information on Dr. Goulder and Dr. McClathchie click here and here


HASPC opens in July in Worthington. They’ll be having multiple open houses and will send information to everyone who registers: if you would like to attend an open house, register for free by clicking here.


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