Tooth loss indicates heart disease ANI The Times of India Friday, August 1, 2003 Washington - A new study published in rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association says that tooth loss caused by gum disease may be an indicator of cardiovascular disease. ''To our knowledge, this is the first paper to identify a relationship between tooth loss and subclinical cardiovascular disease,''says lead investigator Prof Moise Desvarieux, of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. According to him, preliminary findings from the Oral Infections and Vascular Disease Epidemiology Study (INVEST) suggest a link between tooth loss and subclinical atherosclerosis -the symptomless build-up of artery-clogging plaque in the carotid arteries, the vessels that feed the brain. It was found that the prevalence of carotid plaque increased with the number of missing teeth. Among those missing 0-9 teeth, 45 per cent had carotid artery plaque. About 60 per cent of those with 10 or more missing teeth had plaque build-up in the vessels. Desvarieux notes that many of the participants with periodontal disease also have other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as smoking, poor diet and low levels of physical activity. Read the complete news at: http://www.timesofindia.com News Plus http://www.mantra.com/newsplus Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 4 Shravan 5104, Friday, August 1, 2003: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Dakshinaya Nartana Ritau Kark Mase Shukl Pakshe Shukr Vasara Yuktayam Uttaraphalguni Nakshatr Parigh-Shiv Yog Vishti-Bav Karan Chaturthi-Panchami Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.