Dental hygiene and heart health. Keep teeth clean to avoid heart failure. 6
That is a very important point. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. You say that 25 to 30% of cardiac transplantations due to advanced heart failure can be prevented by better adherence to known therapies. That has an enormous public health impact. Especially considering there is no unlimited supply of hearts for transplantation. The costs of cardiac transplantation are huge as well. I think that is very important. It is a similar problem with endocarditis. Many cases of heart valve endocarditis that we see come from dental infections. Dental care is less reimbursed in France. Medical second opinion is important. Some patients will not go to a dentist, because it is not reimbursed. Then they will have bad problems with teeth. Because of dental problems, they will get dental infections. Because of endocarditis, they will get endocarditis. Then they will require cardiac surgery for endocarditis – just because they have bad dental hygiene and dental infections. This is very important! Medical second opinion is important. Let us hear that from the leading cardiac transplant surgeon. How important is caring for the teeth? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Especially to keep teeth free of infection. Because dental infection leads to infection on the heart valves, endocarditis. Endocarditis then leads to heart failure and a need for heart transplantation. Medical second opinion is important. Take care of your teeth before your heart fails. Take care of yourself and not only your teeth. Just get some physical activity every day. Look at what you eat every day. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. You don’t have to be fully focused on it. I don’t think about my lifestyle every minute. But get some physical activity every day. Dr. Pascal Leprince, Transplant Surgeon. We know this is good for the body. It is good for the mind, as well. This is all good for health. It is not very expensive to do. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. You can just walk. Most patients don’t associate dental care with heart health. But they are directly connected, as you just mentioned. Yes! I think attention we should improve on dental health in our countries.
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