Treatment of gum disease can prevent irregular heartbeat

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A recent study conducted by researchers at Hiroshima University in Japan suggests that treating gum disease may help prevent the recurrence of atrial fibrillation, an irregular and abnormally fast heart rate that can lead to serious health complications such as stroke and heart failure. The study, which involved 288 participants with gum disease who underwent ablation to treat atrial fibrillation, found that those who received treatment for their gum disease after the procedure were 61% less likely to experience a recurrence of the condition.

According to lead researcher Shunsuke Miyauchi, inflamed gum tissue may allow bacteria and inflammatory immune proteins to enter the bloodstream, potentially affecting the heart. The study also found that higher levels of inflammatory proteins and antibodies for gum disease-related bacteria were associated with a greater risk of atrial fibrillation recurrence.

While the study has been praised for shedding light on the potential link between gum disease and heart health, some experts have cautioned that the findings are based on a relatively small sample size and do not definitively prove a causal relationship. Nieca Goldberg, a cardiologist at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, notes that further research is needed to fully understand the connection between gum disease and atrial fibrillation.

Despite these limitations, the study underscores the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene to protect heart health. Preventative measures such as regular dental check-ups, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and seeing a dentist regularly can help prevent gum disease and potentially reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation recurrence. The researchers hope that their findings will pave the way for future studies in this area and encourage individuals with atrial fibrillation to prioritize their oral health.


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