PAROCARD: Oral health and intima-media thickness. A population-representative study of the association between oral health and a surrogate marker for cardiovascular disease.

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Institution: University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)
Applicant: Dr. med. dent. Ghazal Aarabi MSc.
EKFS funding line: First and Second Applications

Many people suffer from cardiovascular disease in their lives. It has been shown that elevated levels of the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein (CRP) are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Very high levels of CRP often occur in patients with oral inflammation such as periodontitis and gingivitis. Therefore, in the context of the PAROCARD Study, we investigate whether periodontitis and / or gingivitis are associated with atherosclerotic changes in the vascular wall. The study also examines how oral hygiene behaviour, use of existing dental prevention services, and oral health knowledge affect the prevalence and extent of oral inflammation and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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