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Invasive Dentistry May Raise Short-Term Heart, Stroke Risk


October 18, 2010
by ken

MONDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) — Invasive dental procedures designed to treat gum inflammation may raise the risk for heart attack and stroke, researchers say.

But the increase appears to be slight and short-term, the study team noted.

“I don’t want to downplay this entirely, because we saw a genuine rise in cardiovascular risk in the period just after dental work was done among patients undergoing invasive treatment,” said study co-author Liam Smeeth, a professor of clinical epidemiology at the London School

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of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in England. “But the overall risk is quite small and endures for only a very brief period.”

Smeeth and his colleagues published their findings in the Oct. 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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