A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows, for the first time, an association between coronary heart disease and oral health in women. Recent results have also shown that serological factors, might provide insight into the reported epidemiological association between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the Western industrialized world. Classic risk factors such as smoking, obesity and high blood lipids do not explain all clinical and epidemiological features of CVD. Chronic inflammation has been suggested as a possible “unknown” risk factor. However, the chronic inflammatory disease periodontitis, has only recently been found to be associated to CVD.
A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows, for the first time, an association between coronary heart disease (CHD) and oral health in women. A group of 187 female patients with CHD had fewer remaining teeth (P<0.001) and more pathological periodontal pockets (P=0.002) compared to a control group. Dentures were more frequent (27% vs. 6%) as was edentulousness (10.5% vs. 0%) in the CHD group compared to the controls.
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