Friday, October 22, 2010

Bad Oral and Dental Hygiene may contribute to Heart Attack

Dental hygienist flossing a patient's teeth du...Image via WikipediaBacteria are normally found through the body surface and in the whole gastrointestinal tract. Bad oral hygiene may allow bacteria to grow and get an access to the blood stream. Those may also come from intestine to the blood stream.
Atherosclerotic plaques formed in the blood vessels rapture to form blood clots which obstruct the coronary arteries to cause heart attack. The plaques rapture as a result of inflammation there.
Now it has been seen that the bacteria found in the plaques are similar to those found in the mouth and intestine. Scientists presume those might have accessed from the gut. Pseudomonas luteola and Chlamydia pneumoniae were present in all atherosclerotic plaques they searched for.
The researchers also found that some of the bacteria in the mouth and gut correlated with biomarkers associated with cardiovascular disease.
It may open up new doors to fight against heart attack
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