Navigation Links
Gum Disease, Heart Disease Share Genetic Link
Date:5/26/2009

Discovery helps explain association between the two illnesses

TUESDAY, May 26 (HealthDay News) -- A genetic link between gum disease (periodontitis) and heart disease has been discovered by German scientists.

The association between periodontitis and coronary heart disease (CHD) has been known for years, but a genetic link between the conditions hadn't been confirmed. The University of Kiel team found that the two diseases share a genetic variant on chromosome 9.

"We studied a genetic locus on chromosome 9p21.3 that had previously been identified to be associated with myocardial infarction [heart attack], in a group of 151 patients suffering from the most aggressive, early-onset forms of periodontitis, and a group of 1,097 CHD patients who had already had a heart attack. The genetic variation associated with the clinical pictures of both diseases was identical," Dr. Arne Schaefer said in a European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) news release.

He and his colleagues verified this genetic association in additional groups of 180 periodontitis patients and 1,100 CHD patients.

The study was presented May 25 at the annual ESHG conference, in Vienna, Austria.

Because of the link between periodontitis and CHD, "we think that periodontitis should be taken very seriously by dentists and diagnosed and treated as early as possible," Schaefer said. He noted that periodontitis and CHD share risk factors such as smoking, diabetes and obesity.

"Now that we know for sure that there is a strong genetic link, patients with periodontitis should try to reduce their risk factors and take preventive measures at an early stage," he said. "We hope that our findings will make it easier to diagnose the disease at an early stage, and that in future, a greater insight into the specific pathophysiology might open the way to effective treatment before the disease can take hold."

More information

The American Academy of Periodontology has more about periodontitis.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: European Society of Human Genetics, news release, May 25, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. In retinal disease, sight may depend on second sites
2. Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
3. For Alzheimers Disease, Surveyed Neurologists Identify a Therapys Effect on Cognitive Decline as the Attribute That Most Influences Their Prescribing Decisions
4. With Peripheral Artery Disease, Med Adherence Is Low
5. HBO, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease, UC Davis Alzheimers Disease Center, UCSF Memory & Aging Center and The Alzheimers Association, No. Cal. Present an Advance Screening of THE ALZHEIMERS PROJECT: Momentum In Science
6. Drugs Before Stents for Stable Heart Disease, Study Says
7. Aspirin improves survival in women with stable heart disease, according to WHI study
8. Weight loss improves fatty liver disease, researchers find
9. 5,000 Medical Leaders Report Latest Advancements in Biomedical Technologies; Breakthroughs by 2015 Predicted for Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Cancer, and Diabetes
10. Panic attacks linked to higher risk of heart attacks and heart disease, especially in younger people
11. Deaths From Heart Disease, Stroke Down 30%
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Gum Disease, Heart Disease Share Genetic Link
(Date:7/27/2017)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... July 27, ... ... Coordinator to President Barack Obama from 2012-2016, will keynote Day 2 of the ... security. The event kicks off at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Sept. 11-13, 2017. ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... ... Capillus, LLC has announced the redesign of their FDA-cleared low-level laser (light) therapy ... more comfortable, adaptable fit and is available for purchase immediately. , Carlos Piña, ... caps intended to improve both user experience and hair regrowth. , “Our customers ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... Six greater Bay Area roller derby leagues are partnering with Brown ... most widely attended series of blood drives in California, beginning July 29. Make ‘Em Bleed ... 4 years -- enough to have helped to save up to 2700 lives. , “The ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... ... July 26, 2017 , ... A major challenge many labs ... freeze drying samples and a lengthy freeze dry cycle are a few common challenges ... drying techniques, as well as new accessories and advancements in laboratory freeze dryers that ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... PITTSBURGH, PA (PRWEB) , ... July 26, 2017 , ... ... braces,” said Dr. Ahmed Mauassra, from San Jose, Calif., “so we invented the MAGNETIC/ ... remove the bracket portion of orthodontic braces. In doing so, it offers an effective ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/21/2017)... EDMONTON, Alberta , July 21, 2017 ... the University of Alberta in Edmonton, ... Nature,s partner journal, Schizophrenia 1 , demonstrating that ... of schizophrenia with 74% accuracy. This retrospective analysis ... specific symptoms in schizophrenia patients with significant correlation, ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... PAUL, Minn. , July 20, 2017  Prime Therapeutics ... Jonathan Gavras , M.D., following today,s Institute for Clinical ... report on the effectiveness and value of abuse-deterrent ... manager on the policy roundtable at the meeting. ... is not a material cost benefit to the use of ...
(Date:7/14/2017)... , July 14, 2017 Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ... Tuesday, August 8, 2017.  Members of its senior management team will ... open at 8:30 a.m. ET. The dial-in number ... 497-0462, International (678) 509-7598, and the passcode is 45397076. Please dial ... A replay of the call will ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: