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Heart Problems and Dental Procedures

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We know quite well that periodontal disease, a dental word for inflammation of the gums, has a connection to your heart health. People with gum problems often develop heart problems.

Now there is a report in the journal Nature where researchers studied patients who underwent invasive dental treatment and looked at the incidence of cardiovascular events (heart attacks and strokes) in periods immediately following. Heart problems were high during the first four weeks after invasive dental treatment. The risk returned to normal within six months.

The researchers speculate that an acute inflammatory response to the procedure may contribute to the increased cardiovascular risk.

There is an interesting debate at this time. It is often suggested that people discontinue aspirin before dental procedures and the researchers wonder if this might play a role in the cardiovascular issues.

Reported By: Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor

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