Dental Bugs Linked to Fatal Heart Conditions

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Dental Bugs Linked to Fatal Heart Conditions

Researchers are claiming dental bugs as one of the causes behind fatal heart conditions, thereby urging people to stay cautious with such dental issues and get them treated timely before they become the cause of any fatal illness.

Researchers from the RCSI and the University of Bristol have claimed in their recent statements that people must take care of their dental structures as they found a new mouth bug Streptococcus gordonii which, they claim, is infectious enough to cause severe troubles related to heart if mistakenly enter the bloodstream of a person.

It got further cleared from the statements of the researchers that Infective gordonii, which forms plaque on the teeth, can enter the bloodstream in the body through the bleeding gums and can cause blood clots or can even trigger endocarditis or inflammation of inner tissue of heart, which can be fatal for a patient's life.

"About 30 percent of people with infective endocarditis die and most will require surgery for replacement of the infected heart valve with a metal or animal valve", says Ms. Helen Petersen, of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) who led the study.

The professor explains that these fatal conditions can be treated either by surgery or by introducing strong antibiotics to the patient's body, which has started becoming difficult with the growing antibiotic resistance.

These bugs can wreak havoc by producing a molecule on its surface, which impersonates as human protein fibrinogen (a common blood-clotting factor) and can anytime serve in activating the platelets to form clumps in the blood vessels.

Science explains that these unwanted blood clots protect the bacteria getting the better of immune system, thereby preventing the effect of antibiotics that are usually used to treat the situation, said a Royal College statement.


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