[adsense_id="6"]A new study carried out by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom has revealed that persistent dental procedures like treating gum disease may augment the risk of heart attack and stroke. The study highlights Medicare patients who suffered heart attack or stroke over five year period are at 1.5 times more risk of having heart attack while having dental treatment. However, the researcher Liam Smeeth point out though its effect could be very small but it is real. The authors of the study point out that the increased risk of heart attack and stroke is due to the fact that they boost inflammation in the body because it responds to bacteria which enter the bloodstream following surgery. Inflammation is said to be the immune reaction which could be useful when your body fights off infection. Various other random studies have highlighted that by treating gum disease by getting rid of the oral bacteria which allows the cells which line blood vessel walls to work better thus reducing the heart attack. But it is a fact that surgeries often increase the risk of inflammation.
According to authors of the study as precautionary method patients who are taking medications for cardiovascular disease like aspirin or cholesterol-lowering satins, should carry out these drugs throughout their treatment of dental procedures. The study was carried out taking into consideration of 1,152 Medicare patients who were diagnosed with a heart attack or stroke between 2002 and 2006, who undergone invasive dental procedure during that period.