Some risks found in tooth extraction before heart surgery

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Heart patients should perhaps wait to have infected teeth pulled until after cardiac surgery, a new study suggests. [s]HealthDay News[/s] reports that in a small, retrospective study, [b]Mayo Clinic[/b] researchers found that 8% 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. The study didn’t pinpoint what risks might be posed by postponing major dental care until after heart surgery. Also, the study didn’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship. ‘Guidelines from the [b]American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association[/b] label dental extraction as a minor procedure, with the risk of death or non-fatal heart attack estimated to be less than 1%,’ study co-author Dr Mark Smith said.
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