New Study Links Severe Periodontal Disease to Severe Heart Attacks

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A new study has linked severe periodontal disease to massive heart attacks. Researchers believe that the severity of gum disease is linked to the size of a heart attack.

Researchers from the University of Granada analysed data from 112 patients who had suffered an acute heart attack and found that the severity of gum disease is likely to have an impact on the severity of myocardial infarction.

All the participants underwent a series of periodontal, cardiology and biochemical tests and Professor Francisco Aguado believes that there is sufficient evidence to class periodontal disease as a risk factor for death and an indicator for heart attacks.

The findings of the study have been published in the Journal of Dental Research.

The team has suggested further research in this area, including follow-up checks on patients who have periodontal disease who have also suffered heart attacks.

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