Blood clot risks – new research

Posted on November 14, 2013

Blood clot risks – Understanding more of your risk factors can help preventive health:

In 2010, UK researchers reported that gum bacteria can increase risk of heart attack and heart disease.  This is because the same bacteria that cause dental plaque can enter into the bloodstream and potentially trigger a dangerous blood clot.

Now, academics at Columbia University in New York suggest in the “Journal of the American Heart Association” that improving dental care slows the speed with which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Indeed, they propose that gum health is clinically linked to “atherosclerosis” which is the process whereby deposits known as “plaque” form in your arteries and raise risks for heart disease and stroke.

The Columbia study was based on just 420 adults, yet the measurements were highly detailed, involving measurements of artery thickness and oral infection.

Understanding risk factors is an important part of creating new and better ways to assess disease interventions.

Bluecrest Health Screening welcomes all such research and closely follows these links between disease, inflammation and increased risks relating to heart disease and stroke.