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Tooth Infection and Arrythmias?

Can someone advise how likely a tooth infection could cause arrythmias? Nearly 4 years ago, I had a root canal done for an infected tooth. Now jump a few years later, I find out that it was a failed procedure and there was still an infection at the same location. The oral surgeon said I did not feel it since the root was killed by the laser procedure, but over the few years, I did feel a pain that came and went in the area of my jaw. 3d scan revealed that the infection had been slowly taking away part of my jaw bone. The oral surgeon specialist said that this might have been the root problem of my heart issues of v-tach over the same period since the failed root canal procedure of a few years ago. Why my dentist did not pick up on this infection over the last few years is beyond me. Be as it is, I am curious as to how much a such an infection could be a cause of so many incidents that caused my defibrolator to fire with me ending up in the hospital. I welcome your feedback please for my education. Thank you all!!

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Aika, I have a similar story to yours. Early last year my dentist noticed a red spot on my gum and x-rayed the tooth it was under, he discovered infection exactly the same as your dentist did you. Many years ago (and probably when my AF first started) several dentist had tried at different times to root fill that tooth without any great success. Eventually it stopped hurting and I thought all was well. Then my dentist discovered that it wasn't well and the infection was still very much alive. I had my tooth out and would you believe a few weeks later my AF disappeared. Six wonderful AF free months followed (for years I'd never gone longer than 4-6 weeks without an attack) and then I had a bowel infection and back it all came. Now struggling to get myself right again, almost there - I hope!

Jean

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The heart does not like infections anywhere in the body. I had a fungus infection on my neck. My doctor misdiagnosed it and treated the symptoms rather than the cause. A consultant cured the the infection and a side effect was that it cured my SVT which had only started during the course of the infection. York Cardiologist on YouTube talks at some length about inflammation in the body and the effect on the heart.

Roy

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Yes, I love Sanjay Gupta's presentations. He's a cardiologist that talks sense and understands the importance of eating healthy, lifestyle and AF. It's amazing isn't it that something as simple as a fungal infection caused your SVT! I think perhaps it may be an idea for you to write a post about it so that everyone on here is aware.

Jean

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I think the problem was that the infection was untreated for 9 months so it was very bad by the time the consultant got to treat the cause. My doctor was treating it as a skin problem with steroid cream when it needed antifungal cream. It had spread over such a wide area by the time I saw the consultant that it had to be treated with antifungal tablets as the tubes of cream were not big enough. But the point is that it caused a massive inflamed area and your heart does not like inflammation anywhere.

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Thank you too Roy for providing your good insight and explanation!! I hope with the infection being cured that present health will turn around 180 degrees. I also wish you the best for your health and a wonderful life along with Jean.

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Thank you Jean for responding and sharing your experience..For 2 years I struggled with vtachs occurring and also had a defib/pacemaker implanted. Suffice it to say the defib had fired so many times with subsequent trips to the ER. Sometimes multiple times in a row, very scary experience. Now I hope with the infection being finally properly taken care of , I will not have any further incidents. My gratitude went to the new oral surgeon who this time took care of the problem and also who provided an explanation of what might be occurring within my body. I also wish you the best of luck and my prayers go out to you and all on this wonderful sight.

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May I add to keep the good fight going and shine brightly!!

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I HAVEN'T CHECKED THIS GROUP FOR MONTHS, AND HAPPENED TO STUMBLE UPON IT THIS MORNING!! IT WAS MEANT TO BE, BECAUSE I AM WONDERING THE SAME THING?? I HAD A ROOT CANAL EXACTLY THREE YEARS AGO, AND WITHIN TWO MONTHS OF HAVING IT, MY PVC'S AND PAC'S FLARED UP LIKE CRAZY. I NEVER LINKED THE TWO... THEY WERE STEADILY GETTING MORE PRONOUNCED. LAST MONTH MY DOCTOR, AT MY REQUEST, DID ANOTHER HEART MONITOR AND HAS NOW PICKED UP SHORT RUNS (BETWEEN 6 AND 13 BEATS ) OF VENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA!! I HAVE BEEN RESEARCHING SO MUCH AND REALLY SECOND GUESSED MYSELF ON THE WHOLE THING, BUT NOW I SEE YOUR POST ABOUT IT!! I WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT CAN BE DONE

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