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Gum disease may increase the risk of stroke

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:570
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    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 (, 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 …

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