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Can bad teeth cause heart problems?

Can bad teeth cause heart problems?

Yes: "bad teeth", whether you mean tooth decay and/or gum disease is caused by bacteria. Unlike short term infections, like a cold, when you have "bad teeth" your exposure to these bacteria is long term (several years). This can lead to an increase risk of both heart disease and stroke. ...Read more

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Heart Problems (Definition)

Heart problems are clinical conditions or findings that are related to the heart and include arrhythmias, heart failure, heart valve diseases, and diseases of the heart ...Read more


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Does a tooth infection cause heart problems or damage your valves?

Does a tooth infection cause heart problems or damage your valves?

Yes: In rare cases, infections of lower back teeth can allow spread of the infection down the neck, into the chest, and around the heart. This can be deadly. In a different way gum disease (which is an infection around the teeth) can affect the heart as it seeds the bloodstream with the bacteria that cause coronary artery disease--the main cause of heart attacks. ...Read more

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Can having multiple tooth extraction cause heart problems ie inflammation blood vessels etc?

Can having multiple tooth extraction cause heart problems ie inflammation blood vessels etc?

Usually no: Preventive antibiotics are given only to people at high risk due to an artifical heart valve or past heart valve infection. If there is an active tooth infection the dentist will have given you antibiotics already. To reduce the general stress of the procedure, ask whether you will receive any sedation, especially if you get very anxious with procedures. ...Read more

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Can getting the flu shot while fighting a tooth infection with amoxicillin make you sick and cause vestibular weakness heart problems, dizziness etc?

Can getting the flu shot while fighting a tooth infection with amoxicillin make you sick and cause vestibular weakness heart problems, dizziness etc?

No likely: Antibiotics do not interact with vaccines. It is safe to take them and get a flu shot. If you do have a reaction to a flu shot, the more likely reason for such symptoms would be an allergic reaction to a component of the vaccine. Contraindications to the flu shot include pre-exisiting allergies to gentamicin, neomycink polymnixin, thimersal, polysorbate 80, high fever, and others... ...Read more

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I am having wisdom teeth taken out. Heart problems, should I be concerned?

I am having wisdom teeth taken out. Heart problems, should I be concerned?

Relatively Painless: Fortunately, modern anesthetics allow oral surgery, especially wisdom teeth removal and restorative dentistry to be done virtually pain-free and worry free. With the profound local anesthesia and IV sedation you will have no recall of the events of the oral surgery or experience any pain. ...Read more

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My 92 year old dad has not much of an appetite/ so difficult to get him to eat. Teeth are excellent but he does has many heart problems?

My 92 year old dad has not much of an appetite/ so difficult to get him to eat. Teeth are excellent but he does has many heart problems?

What sounds good?: Remember that elderly folks who are not very active do not need as many calories as they used to. That being said, however it is important that your father take in a sufficient number of calories and protein to ensure that he stays alert and strong. Sometimes as we age we lose our appetite as well. There are good tasting drink supplements which you can purchase at any drug store. ...Read more

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Are can goods bad for you. Can they cause cancer and heart problems?

Are can goods bad for you. Can they cause cancer and heart problems?

Tend to be salty: Life is a matter of weighing risks and benefits. Stuff that's canned does tend to have a lot of extra salt, and preparing the food well may remove most of this. The current hoopla over a can-chemical with slight estrogenic activities causing breast cancer will probably go the way of the completely-discredited "green" claims of the 1990's about synthetic environmental estrogens. My opinion. ...Read more

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How bad does iron def anemia have to be before it causes heart problems? My hemo is 11 (116) and iron is 8. Have chest pain and sob and low BP and dizzyness and restless legs. So sick slways!

How bad does iron def anemia have to be before it causes heart problems? My hemo is 11 (116) and iron is 8. Have chest pain and sob and low BP and dizzyness and restless legs. So sick slways!

Much lower than that: A hemoglobin of 11 is only mildly reduced. Anemia itself will not cause cardiac or more likely issues with oxygen transport until it is much lower. Exactly how low depends on whether there are pre existing cardiovascular issues. ...Read more

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Impacted wisdom tooth. Need to get removed. When push on gums, yellow, smelly discharge comes out around tooth. Infection? Can cause heart problems?

Impacted wisdom tooth. Need to get removed. When push on gums, yellow, smelly discharge comes out around tooth. Infection? Can cause heart problems?

Infection for sure: Yes you have an active infection that can spread every where through your blood stream, actually your brain is closer then your heart. Must remove tooth ASAP and get antibiotics. Call your dentist and schedule immediately. ...Read more

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Does heartbreak cause heart problems or health problems?

Does heartbreak cause heart problems or health problems?

Yes, kind of: Strong emotional events such as loss of a loved one can cause what's called broken heart syndrome or taku tsubo which can present like a heart attack with no evidence of blockages but with weak heart muscle and usually responds to medical therapy and improves with time. ...Read more

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Which type of heart problems cause anxiety?

Which type of heart problems cause anxiety?

Anxiety: People with anxiety get it from all kinds of heart problems. People without anxiety disorder generally get anxious when they don't understand their heart problem, or for the life threatening ones when they do. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause heart problems?

Can anxiety cause heart problems?

It depends: Is it caused by stress?, people who have stress in their life for a long time have higher chances of heart disease, keep in mind though that stress is only one of many other risk factors "smoking, high cholesterol, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, genetics...Etc" for heart disease, and if you only have stress with none of the other risk factors then your chances of developing heart disease is slim. ...Read more

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Can pain killers cause heart problems?

Narcotics?: If by pain killers, you mean narcotics, they're not directly harmful per se, in fact, morphine is a time honored treatment for both heart attack (myocardial infarction) and acute heart failure (pulmonary edema) - however, IV drug abusers are at grave risk for infecting their heart valves (endocarditis) which is a lethal disease unless promptly treated (and sometimes requires open heart surgery). ...Read more

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Can energy drinks cause heart problems?

Can energy drinks cause heart problems?

Yes: Energy drinks usually contain stimulants that can cause heart arrhythmias. ...Read more

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Can panic disorder cause heart problems?

Can panic disorder cause heart problems?

Not any time soon: Yes, a long lifetime of stress, anxiety and panic can damage all of your bodily systems and the cardiovascular one is a major risk - but it takes a long time. The panic attack 'feels' like a heart attack and many ER visits for suspected HA turn out to be false alarms. At your age panic is much more likely. But you can learn skills in CBT therapy on how to avoid, reduce and manage anxiety. Try it! ...Read more

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Can long term ritalin (methylphenidate) use cause heart problems?

Can long term ritalin (methylphenidate) use cause heart problems?

Unlikely: Studies show Ritalin (methylphenidate) raise heart rate and blood pressure minimally and should not have any long term effect on your heart. I would be more worried about obesity, inactivity and smoking as a contributing factor. ...Read more

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Do energy drinks ever cause any heart problems? Can you have too many?

Do energy drinks ever cause any heart problems? Can you have too many?

Yes and yes: Too many energy drinks can cause palpitations, tachycardia and other heart problems. If you are drinking lots of energy drinks and having heart symptoms, see your doc right away. It's a good idea to limit your consumption of energy drinks. ...Read more

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Can heart problems cause redness in the face, and if so, why? Thank you!

Can heart problems cause redness in the face, and if so, why? Thank you!

No: Heart disease does not cause facial flushing. Niacin, which is used for heart disease often causes flushing. A rare disease called carcinoid syndrome which is due to excess serotonin can cause flushing but most flushing is related to temperature, emotions, exercise, alcohol or allergies. It may just be normal for you. Are you fair? ...Read more

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Easily tired when doing exercise no heart problems what else could cause it?

Easily tired when doing exercise no heart problems what else could cause it?

Tired: Lots of possibilities, deconditioning, anemia, depression, low thyroid, pulmonary problems, mechanical problems and more. If you start with low levels of exercise and increase slowly over weeks but don't improve, see your doc for evaluation. ...Read more

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Could a severe itching problem be caused by my medication for heart problems?

Could a severe itching problem be caused by my medication for heart problems?

Yes...see your MD: Almost any medication could cause itching. You may be having an adverse reaction. Please see your physician. ...Read more

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Is there a safe calcium to take for osteoporosis that doesn't cause heart problems?

Is there a safe calcium to take for osteoporosis that doesn't cause heart problems?

Balance: Limit calcium intake to 500 mg daily if also eating well. Balance calcium with magnesium, and calcium:magnesium in 1:1 or 1:2 ratio is good. I prefer 1:2 ratio. Test vit d and replete to goal serum level of 60. Also test zinc and supplement if not in upper half of reference range. Consider boron, vanadium, and strontium in small doses. Limit alcohol. Exercise as tolerated. ...Read more

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Other than heart problems what can be the cause for pains on the left side of breastbone?

Other than heart problems what can be the cause for pains on the left side of breastbone?

Chest pain: There are several possibilities. The most common is irritation or inflammation of the ribs as they join the breast bone and cause pain. Or some trauma to the chest that has not healed. Make sure you are not irritating the area with repetitive movements, weight lifting etc. ...Read more

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I had kawasaki disease when I was a kid, will that cause me to have heart problems as an adult?

I had kawasaki disease when I was a kid, will that cause me to have heart problems as an adult?

Possibly: If you had any coronary involvement from the disease you should have been followed periodically all along, as you are at risk. If you appear to have completely recovered with no evidence of any coronary involvement, there is some concern that you may be at risk for premature coronary disease as an adult. Your primary physician needs to be aware of your history to appropriately advise you. ...Read more

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I'm 22, 5' 9, normal health tests, I'm 54kg - 120pounds, am I underweight and can it cause heart problems or disease?

I'm 22, 5' 9, normal health tests, I'm 54kg - 120pounds, am I underweight and can it cause heart problems or disease?

Normal: Your height and weight measurements give you a bmi of approximately 17 which means you shouldn't have a problem with weight or your heart. You are also less likely to have other medical problems with your bmi. ...Read more

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How to distinguish syncope caused by heart problems or other? (ps : when it happened to me, I always feel palpitations before and afterwards)

How to distinguish syncope caused by heart problems or other? (ps : when it happened to me, I always feel palpitations before and afterwards)

Syncope: We generally would attribute syncope to a cardiac problem when that syncope is associated with a cardiac abnormality like a tachy or brady arrhythmia recorded coincident with the syncope. With the testing you've had your Doc should be able to advise you regarding your likelihood of having cardiac syncope ...Read more

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I have a CHD and mild RV enlargement lv ef 60 rv ef 65 rv stylistic pressure 21.My question is does rv enlargmwnt make, me, prone to bad heart problems?

I have a CHD and mild RV enlargement lv ef 60 rv ef 65 rv stylistic pressure 21.My question is does rv enlargmwnt make, me, prone to bad heart problems?

CHD: The information you are providing is incomplete and it's difficult to interpret incomplete data, besides its not clear what of congenital heart disease (if that is what you mean by "CHD"). However, data from patients with tetralogy have shown that high right ventricular pressure is associated with higher risk of ventricular arrhythmia sin the long term ...Read more

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What is causes me to have sudden shocking like pain in my left mid chest area? I've heard it can be normal but heart problems are common in my family

What is causes me to have sudden shocking like pain in my left mid chest area? I've heard it can be normal but heart problems are common in my family

Not heart.: Sudden shocking chest pains in an 18 yo male are very likely to be related to the musculoskelatal system and not the heart. Doesn't mean you shouldn't worry, but you can put that worry off for another 30 years. If your family hx is as bad as you say, might be reasonable to obtain a single cholesterol value to make sure you are not at any excess risk. ...Read more