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Getting Teeth Pulled Before Heart Surgery May Pose Serious Risks

Heart of hands and small heart insideHeart health and oral health are closely related. For someone who is nearing heart surgery, though, you should wait until after your surgery to get that work done. Read on to learn why, and thanks for visiting Castle Rock Endodontics

If you’re a heart patient, you might be wise to wait to have any infected teeth pulled if you’re about to have cardiac surgery, a new study suggests.

In a small, retrospective study, Mayo Clinic researchers found that 8 percent of heart patients who did not wait to have teeth pulled suffered major adverse health outcomes, such as a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or death.

“Guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association label dental extraction as a minor procedure, with the risk of death or non-fatal heart attack estimated to be less than 1 percent,” study co-author Dr. Mark Smith said in a statement. “Our results, however, documented a higher rate of major adverse outcomes [with the extractions].”

Such extractions are commonly done ahead of some types of heart surgery to lower the chances of infection during the procedure or avoid inflammation of the inner layer of the heart after the operation, the researchers noted.

However, the study didn’t pinpoint what risks might be posed by postponing major dental care until after heart surgery. The study also didn’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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