Heart Damage Could Kick In If You Don’t Do Specific Thing Before Going to Bed

Heart Damage Could Kick In If You Don’t Do Specific Thing Before Going to Bed

If we consider only the US, heart disease is the leading cause of death for people from most racial and ethnic groups. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in every 4 deaths from the US occurs each year due to heart disease.

It has become very clear to all of us that doing our best to take good care of our heart’s health is practically mandatory. BestLife now raises the problem that not doing a specific thing before going to bed could affect your heart. 

Make sure to brush and floss your teeth before sleeping

Having poor oral hygiene due to the skipping of brushing and flossing your teeth before going to sleep could lead to health problems for your heart.

The experts’ theory sounds like this, as BestLife quotes:

The bacteria that infect the gums and cause gingivitis and periodontitis also travel to blood vessels elsewhere in the body where they cause blood vessel inflammation and damage; tiny blood clots, heart attack and stroke may follow. Supporting this idea is the finding of remnants of oral bacteria within atherosclerotic blood vessels far from the mouth.

Interestingly enough, the bacteria is not necessarily the MVP of the match in this situation. It’s rather the own immune response of the body, meaning the inflammation, as it’s believed to set off a cascade of vascular damage. Therefore, the heart can be affected, along with other organs.

The new study was published in Harvard Health Publishing.


Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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