- Published: Tuesday, 01 May 2018 07:43
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New research has made a promising discovery for the continued health of millions of heart attack survivors globally, as looking after their oral health has been found to help their cardiovascular system recover. CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, Nigel Carter said: "This is incredibly interesting research which could offer hope to the future of millions of people affected by cardiovascular disease.”
The study found that bacteria which causes gum disease can also impair the healing and repair of arteries after a heart attack. The researchers believe that this impaired healing may be due to an enzyme produced by the bacteria that stops the body's immune cells from repairing the arteries. By keeping their mouths healthy and free of gum disease, people who have suffered from a heart attack may be able to avoid further cardiovascular problems in the future.
The UK's leading oral health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, is calling on people to understand the links between oral health and cardiovascular disease in order to reduce their chances of potentially fatal illness. CEO Dr Nigel Carter said: "This is incredibly interesting research which could offer hope to the future of millions of people affected by cardiovascular disease. There has been evidence for some time that gum disease increases the risk of cardiovascular disease but to now understand that preventing gum disease can also prevent further problems for victims of a heart attack opens up many interesting avenues for ongoing treatment.”
Source: Oral Health Foundation https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/details/1001
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