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Gum Disease Raises Heart Disease Risk

People with extensive gum disease have an increased risk of both a stroke and or coronary artery disease. This information has been discovered through recent reports by Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the University of Michigan.

One study of 62 individuals showed that those with the most diseased gums had the largest amounts of plaque in their carotid arteries, putting them at greater risk for stroke. Similarly, a study of 400 older men found that those who had severe gum disease were far more likely to have coronary artery disease than those with healthy gums.

Date Published: 02/20/2001
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