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Lack of Oral Hygiene Responsible for Hypertension in Postmenopausal Women Finds Study

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Image: irishnews.com According to a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal American Heart Association , certain oral bacteria were linked to the development of hypertension , often known as high blood pressure, in postmenopausal women.  While earlier research has shown that people with periodontal disease had higher blood pressure than those who do not, the researchers think this is the first prospective study to look at the link between oral bacteria and the development of hypertension. High blood pressure is commonly defined by two measurements: systolic blood pressure of 130 mm Hg or higher (the upper number showing pressure while the heart beats) and a diastolic blood pressure of 80 mm Hg or higher (the lower number indicating pressure between heartbeats). “Since periodontal disease and hypertension are especially prevalent in older adults, if a relationship between the oral bacteria and hypertension risk could be established, there may be an opportunity to enhance hyper

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