Can Gum Disease Cause Heart Issues?

In people who suffer from heart disease, doctors have begun noticing a trend where many of these patients also displayed signs of periodontal disease. This trend was confirmed through a series of studies finding that patients with periodontal disease are also more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease. While the data is there to link the two issues, experts have yet to agree on the cause.

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Dr. Bethencourt is an ISMICS Poster Competition Finalist

Dr. Bethencourt is at the ISMICS national conference in Montreal and was the Poster Winner for the Category 8. Valve- Minimally Invasive Approaches: Aortic for the poster entitled Minimally-Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement via Right Anterior Mini-thoracotomy and Central Aortic Cannulation: A 13-Year Experience

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Cardiac Conditions

cardiac conditions and disease

Mitral valve prolapse and coronary artery disease are common conditions that could affect your heart. Some people do not experience symptoms for either of these conditions, however, if symptoms are present, your doctor can diagnose the cause and determine if treatment is necessary.

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A Healthy Heart is A Work in Progress for a Former Athlete

Jerald Downen, 60, spent his youth growing up in Memphis, Tenn., and having lived in Japan and Australia, he was as surprised to find himself at the office of his long time friend and cardiologist, Dr. David Wolford at the Stern Cardiovascular Institute in Memphis, Tenn. “Although I competed internationally in triathlons I was absolutely shocked when I had a heart attack in 2004” Downen says “and since that time my heart never felt quite right and I was constantly worried about what was going on.”

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