GUM DISEASE MAY BE LINKED TO STROKE RISK
Gum disease is associated with a higher rate of strokes caused by hardening of large arteries in the brain and also with severe artery blockages that haven’t yet caused symptoms, according to new research.
- Large artery strokes due to intracranial atherosclerosis are twice as common in patients with gum disease as in those without gum disease.
- Patients with gum disease are three times as likely to have a stroke involving blood vessels in the back of the brain, which controls vision, coordination and other vital bodily functions.
- People with gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) were twice as likely to have moderately severe narrowed brain arteries from plaque buildup compared to those with no gum disease.
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