Have some gums who are ill, especially if you have periodontitis, is an important cardiovascular risk factor, in addition to the classically known. In fact, the prevention and periodontal treatment is not only essential to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease, but also may decrease the cardiovascular risk in patients who are in cardiac rehabilitation, as it reduces the chronic inflammation that generates the periodontal disease and that, among other deleterious effects, may contribute to the atherosclerosis process.
"it's not what you know nowadays, the majority of patients, so it is important to inform them of these issues and include in your care program, a series of basic recommendations and indispensable on your periodontal health, notes Dr. Miguel Carasol, a spokeswoman scientific of the Spanish Society of Periodontics, who believes that "in the same way that in the Units of Cardiac Rehabilitation there are nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists or dieticians,
dentists can help patients with cardiopathies to receive a good information and motivation about their care, dentistry, adding to the achievement of healthy living habits at a time that are essential to their future".at the end of the first phase of the project to integrate a specific program of training in oral health in the Units of Cardiac Rehabilitation of the Spanish hospitals.
based on this situation, the Spanish Society of Periodontology (SEPA) and the Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC), the result of the collaboration in a working group with the support of Vitis and PerioAid, have completed the first phase of the project to integrate a specific program of training in oral health in the Units of Cardiac Rehabilitation of the Spanish hospitals.
in Addition to acting on a risk factor for cardiovascular disease as periodontitis, the patient will receive information and help a fundamental aspect of his personal situation, as is the care of your mouth and the impact that has on the level of self-esteem, social relationships, return to work.
Currently, it is estimated that in Spain there are around 130 Units of Cardiac Rehabilitation, that caters to around 15-20.000 patients/year. As pointed out by Dr. Vicente Ignacio Arrarte, president of the Section on Vascular Risk and Cardiac Rehabilitation of the SEC, "in cardiac rehabilitation is an ideal time to the information and to change habits and act preventively : the patient is more receptive and multidisciplinary work is well organized".
The collaboration is even more necessary if one takes into account, as it highlights that there is not only a clear connection epidemiological if not a cause common inflammatory , a few common risk factors and target preventive shared. In the opinion of the Chief of Section of Clinical Cardiology of the Hospital Virgen de la Victoria (Malaga) , "care for the health of the gums is an important element in the achievement of a general state of healthy in the cardiovascular patient, as the mouth, specifically the gums, is essential in this goal."Care for the health of the gums is an important element in the achievement of a general state of healthy in the cardiovascular patient, as the mouth, specifically the gums, is essential in this goal
This initiative is also complemented with another that has the support of the General Council of Dentists of Spain , and that has led to that up to the time of over 2,500 Dental professionals have been formed in the last year and a half in the promotion of cardiovascular health from the dental consultation.
"The fact that the Dental professional knows the particularities and special demands that may have the patients with cardiovascular disease or with risk of developing the disease will help to detect early risk factors cardiovascular disease and to promote healthy lifestyle habits," says Dr. Lopez-Andrade.
Is shown that people who have a bad health of their gums are more at risk of suffering a cardiovascular disease, especially atherosclerotic (as may be the coronary heart disease "to get a good gingival health, we are decreasing the chances of developing cardiovascular disease and improving general health".Updated Date: 13 September 2019, 16:00