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Dental Surgery Linked to Heart Problems


(Reuters Health) - For people who have dental surgery, the risk of heart attack and stroke may grow during the weeks following the procedure, British research suggests.

"This is the first sign of increased risk for heart attack or stroke after a dental procedure," co-author Dr. Francesco D'Aiuto, a dentist and researcher at University College London Eastman Dental Institute, told Reuters Health. "This is not to say that this will happen with every dental procedure, but we are saying we need to look more into it."

It's hard to know exactly what's going on, because the researchers didn't have access to information about the drugs patients were taking around the time of their surgery. If they cut down on certain medications, for instance, that alone could have upped their chances of suffering a heart attack or a stroke.

Still, because these conditions affect more than one million people in the U.S., the increased risk could be significant.

More info: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69I1P620101019

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