Gum disease may increase the risk of strokeBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7568.570-b (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:570
- Roger Dobson
People with antibodies to Porphyromonas gingivalis, the organism most strongly associated with periodontal disease, were more likely to have a stroke, a new study has found.
Women who were exposed to the pathogen were up to 2.3 times more likely than other women to have a stroke, shows the research, which was published online ahead of print publication on 26 July in Atherosclerosis (http://www.sciencedirect.com/, doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2006.06.027).
“We found that systemic exposure to a main periodontal pathogen, P. gingivalis, was an independent risk factor for …