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What are the complications of tooth extraction prior to cardiac surgery?

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  • Medical guidelines label dental extraction as a minor procedure, with the risk of death or non-fatal heart attack estimated to be less than 1%. However, a study has documented a higher rate of major adverse outcomes, suggesting doctors should evaluate individualized risk of anesthesia and surgery for these people. In the study, people who underwent dental extraction prior to cardiac surgery experienced an 8% incidence of major adverse outcome following cardiac surgery, including new heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and death. Overall, 3% of people died after dental extraction and before the planned cardiac surgery could be performed.
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