Gum Disease, If Untreated, Can Lead To Cardiovascular Conditions
This Occurs When The Patient Has Damaged Or Implanted Heart Valves, Or Damaged Tissues In The Endocardium
A gum infection can affect the heart if the patient has had heart surgery or valve replacement. Having had this procedure increases the risk of heart disease, as a consequence of gum disease. Usually, bacteria or fungi that enter the blood vessels are eliminated by the immune system. If the bacteria and microorganisms reach the heart, it can pass through it without causing an infection, and the immune system will deal with it. However, there are situations that can increase cardiovascular risk when bacteria enter the bloodstream. Bacteria will attach themselves to damaged or implanted heart valves, and tend to multiply on them. They can also attach to an area of the heart called the endocardium, which has a rough surface. This can lead to endocarditis, which can result in stroke, heart failure, seizure, and paralysis. More Information click here.