Periodontitis and CVD: What Is the Link?

W. Steven Pray; Joshua J. Pray

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US Pharmacist. 2005;30(2):16-22. 

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Does Periodontitis Increase Blood Pressure?

Researchers investigated a potential association between periodontal disease and blood pressure.12 They discovered that a direct relationship existed between systolic blood pressure and severity of periodontal disease. That is, as one increased, the other also demonstrated a corresponding increase. The same study also explored the occurrence of left ventricle mass, a proven independent predictor for CVD. This condition also exhibited a direct relationship with severity of periodontitis.

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