LONDON: It appears that certain types of dental surgery may raise the risk of heart problems.
There have been previous links detected between various forms of gum disease and an increased risk of heart attack, which is why this study is not that far fetched to believe.
Researchers analyzed health data pertaining to a group of patients who had undergone various forms of dental surgery.
They determined that within 4 weeks of surgery the risk of heart attacks and strokes was the highest, with the risk dwindling as time passed.
“This is the first sign of increased risk for heart attack or stroke after a dental procedure,” co-author Dr. Francesco D’Aiuto, a dentist and researcher at University College London Eastman Dental Institute, said.
“This is not to say that this will happen with every dental procedure, but we are saying we need to look more into it.”
The study can be found in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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