Gum Disease Does Not Increase Risk of Heart Attack: AHA

by Kathy Jones on  April 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM Heart Disease News
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The American Heart Association has released a statement saying that contrary to widespread belief, there is no evidence that gum disease could increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
 Gum Disease Does Not Increase Risk of Heart Attack: AHA
Gum Disease Does Not Increase Risk of Heart Attack: AHA

A number of studies in recent years have tried to link gum disease with increased risk of cardiovascular disease with experts saying that infection from the mouth could cause a number of other health problems including diabetes and heart attacks.

However the recent statement released by AHA said that while both the diseases are related, there was no evidence that gum disease could lead to heart disease. "An American Heart Association expert committee -- made up of cardiologists, dentists and infectious diseases specialists -- found no conclusive scientific evidence that gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, causes or increases the rates of cardiovascular diseases", the statement read.


Source: Medindia

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