Bob Nellis (@bobnellis) published a blog post · February 28th, 2014
The Connection Between Teeth and Heart Surgery
We want to pass on some published Mayo Clinic research as reflected in the media this week. This one, from the Annals of Thoracic Surgery is especially interesting and useful to both physicians and patients alike.
HealthDay, Getting Teeth Pulled Before Heart Surgery May Pose Serious Risks by Randy Dotinga…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. Additional coverage: KSAZ Ariz., US News & World Report, FOX News, MedicineNet.com, Forbes.com, WMCTV.com, Fox5Vegas.com, 19ActionNews.com,WDAM.com, HHS HealthFinder.gov,