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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.

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Tooth Abscess (Definition)

A tooth or dental abcess is an infected tooth. The tooth can become infected by a caries (decay) or by trauma, or through a gum infection or some other way. A tooth abcess may be life threatening so it should be taken care of asap. A dentist will recommend extraction or root ...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.

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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...

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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.

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Could my tooth abscess be traveling to my heart? Been having pains in chest with rapid heart beat along with anxiety

Could my tooth abscess be traveling to my heart? Been having pains in chest with rapid heart beat along with anxiety

Abscess can seed: Other areas but you may also be experiencing panic attacks. Please have this medically evaluated by a dentist ASAP. If you can't see a dentist an ER / Urgent care may be able to provide temporizing antibiotics. Fever? Weakness? Fatigue? Dentist is still essential. Take care.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can diet sodas cause heart problems?

Can diet sodas cause heart problems?

See above: Diet sodas have multiple issues, but as far as the heart is concerned the issue is their caffeine, please refer to my earlier answer regarding caffeine and the heart.

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Help can caffeine cause heart problems?

Help can caffeine cause heart problems?

Not likely: In judicious amounts (2-3 cups a day?) HOWEVER: caffeine may acutely increase blood pressure and also worsen palpitations (premature atrial and ventricular contractions as well as increase chances of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation) No problems when you drink it in moderation if you have a healthy heart. Remember also that caffeine is present in energy drinks, colas and other OTC preparations

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Will headaches be caused by heart problems?

Will headaches be caused by heart problems?

Possible: More common causes such as migraines, HTN, hyoglycemia, etc are usually checked out first. Input from neuro may be helpful too. If all is negative... Then echo, holter, tilt table test etc can be done.

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Which cancers and/or diseases cause heart problems and migraines?

Which cancers and/or diseases cause heart problems and migraines?

Broad question: Any cancer that becomes metastatic to the pericardium will cause heart disease - breast and lung cancer are examples. Primary cancer of the heart occurs but is, thankfully, very rare. Migraines are genetically determined and influenced by hormone status. The 2 diseases are not related. Migraine is not generally a risk factor for heart disease altho may correlate with vasospastic disorders.

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Is loratadine known to cause heart problems? It makes my heart race. Is this ok?

Is loratadine known to cause heart problems? It makes my heart race. Is this ok?

Possibly: Loratadine is an antihistaminic, and in large doses does produce tachycardia, and it is possible to do so in sensitive people in lesser doses.

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Can untreated bacterial vaginosis cause heart problems?

No: Bacterial vaginosis (bv) is not associated with heart problems. It can increase the risk of getting other sexually transmitted diseases, including gonorrhea and hiv. It can increase the rsik of infection after procedures/surgery of the pelvis, and can increase the risk of complications during pregnancy. Chlamydial infections, another std, have been linked to an increase in heart disease, however.

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


Dr. Irv Loh
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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