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How can gum disease increase the risk of heart attack?


A heart attack can occur for a number of reasons, including an unhealthy diet that is poor in essential nutrients that the body needs, while health experts have warned that people who do not care about oral health may have an increased risk of heart attack, according to a report published on the "Express" website.


How do heart attacks occur?

 

Heart attacks occur as a result of blockage of the arteries and the lack of blood and oxygen to the heart, resulting in a blood clot. Perhaps the most common underlying cause of blood clots is coronary heart disease, which occurs due to blockage of the coronary arteries, which are (the main blood vessels that supply the heart with blood) with deposits of harmful cholesterol.


What is the relationship between gum disease and heart attacks?

 

 Gum disease increases the burden of inflammation on the body, said Dr. Hatice Hastork of Harvard's Forsyth Institute, a research organization focused on oral health.



Gum disease is a sticky membrane filled with bacteria that causes plaque to build up around the teeth, a completely different type of plaque that consists of fats, cholesterol, calcium and other substances in the blood that can build up inside the arteries, resulting in heart disease.


Recent research suggests that bacteria that cause gum disease may also play a role in a number of major health problems, with scientists explaining that the reason for this is that these bacteria were found in brain and heart tissue samples of people who died from these diseases.


How to reduce the risk of heart attack?

 

The risk of heart attack can be reduced by making some small changes in diet or lifestyle, as a healthy balanced diet helps reduce the chances of the accumulation of fat in the arteries that results in a heart attack.

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