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Strokes: Dental x-rays reveal more than cavities

h, but also their overall well-being," says Eric Curtis, DDS, and AGD spokesperson. "If a dentist is aware of the medical history of the patient, he/she can pay close attention to the radiographs and refer patients for follow-up medical care when appropriate."

If blockage were detected on the radiograph, a patient would likely be referred for a Carotid Duplex Ultrasound. This test uses high-frequency sound waves to view the blood vessels in the neck. The blockage could be treated in a variety of ways including: lifestyle modification, medications such as blood thinners, surgery or other interventional procedures such as a catheter.

Treatable risk factors for stroke

  • High blood pressure
  • Tobacco use
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Carotid or other artery disease
  • Heart disease or disorders
  • Transient ischemic attacks (warning strokes)
  • Blood disorders
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Illegal drug use


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Contact: Jennifer Starkey
media@agd.org
Academy of General Dentistry
10-Dec-2004


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