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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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Dr. Scott Keith
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...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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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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Can cefalexin cause any heart problems as a side effect, i'm allergic to penicillin is this safe for me to take, taking for chest infection 1g a day?

Can cefalexin cause any heart problems as a side effect, i'm allergic to penicillin is this safe for me to take, taking for chest infection 1g a day?

Penicillin allergy: Cephalexin can cause any type of drug allergy symptoms like anaphylaxis, angioedema, steven johnson syndrome, bone marrow suppression, hepatitis but heart problems do not seem to be listed as an side effect. About 90% of patient with reported penicillin allergy during childhood can tolerate penicillin. If there is a true penicillin allergy, there is a 2% risk of having Cephalexin allergy. ...Read more

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Right arm numbness for 3 days no heart problems been checked I do have cervical neck disc bulges and a sinus infection could that be the cause?

Right arm numbness for 3 days no heart problems been checked I do have cervical neck disc bulges and a sinus infection could that be the cause?

Neck discs: If the disc herniation is pinching a nerve in the spine, then this could explain your symptoms. You should follow up with your doctor for further evaluation and management. ...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 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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Can my tooth infection spread to my heart and kill me?

Can my tooth infection spread to my heart and kill me?

Theoretically: Dental infections can put bacteria into the bloodstream which have the potential to infect the lining of the heart (endocarditis), and this has the possibility of a fatal outcome. Most often you need to have prior damage to the heart lining for this to occur, although less often, not. Get your dental infection treated. ...Read more

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Can a tooth infection affect the heart?

Can a tooth infection affect the heart?

Yes: Dental abscesses, especially in the lower jaw can spread. We call this cellulitis. If this is untreated, it can spread to the mediastinum, or the area of the heart, causing death. ...Read more

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What is the probablity of a abscessed tooth infection going to my heart and killing me?

What is the probablity of a abscessed tooth infection going to my heart and killing me?

Remotely possible: In 1900 a common cause of death was from dental infections. Nowadays with antibiotics not so much. But ignored dental infections can cause rapid swelling cutting off your airway and therefore should not be ignored. Your heart could be affected depending on your general health status. ...Read more

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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