Viral infection as a major cause of sudden heart attack

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hippocrates
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   Posted 1/22/2013 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
A study found enterovirus infection in the heart tissues of an amazing 40% of people who died suddenly of heart attack (myocardial infarction), with coxsackievirus B being identified as the species of enterovirus in 16% of all heart attack deaths. See here:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18061067

Given that there are about 225,000 fatal heart attacks per year in the US, if coxsackievirus B can be proven to be the actual cause of these heart attacks, that would mean that coxsackievirus B is killing 36,000 people per year in the US (about one death every 15 minutes).


I think it is important to consider this viral etiology of heart attack, and raise awareness of it, as very few people actually realize that viral infections are linked to heart attacks.

Medical science needs to take this seriously, and look into the possibilities of producing a coxsackievirus B vaccine, as this vaccine could potentially save 74,000 lives a year in the US alone.

Post Edited (hippocrates) : 6/5/2013 2:12:49 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 1/25/2013 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting info however, I am wondering if you have any update info re the coxsackievirus B being identified as the species of enterovirus in 16% of  heart attack deaths.  The article was published in 2007.  Perhaps you could search for a newer study and share with us.
 
Also a good topic for people to discuss with their cardiologists.
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hippocrates
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   Posted 2/12/2013 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I know that association does not necessarily imply causation, and that definitively proving that coxsackievirus B causes sudden heart attacks requires further research work.

However, I caught what was very likely as coxsackievirus B infection, and as this virus spread to various members of my social circle (my friends and family), I saw this virus cause 3 heart attacks (one fatal) in otherwise very health people, with no prior heart conditions.

These heart attack were precipitated on contraction of this virus, or a few weeks after.

Of course, this is just anecdotal evidence, but this is exactly the sort of anecdote that should spur on further research into whether heart attacks are often caused by an acute coxsackievirus B infection.


Enteroviruses in general (which include coxsackieviruses and echoviruses), are in fact associated with a number of common diseases, including: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ADHD autoimmune diseases, carcinoid tumors, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes mellitus type 1, diabetes mellitus type 2, dilated cardiomyopathy, guillain–barré syndrome, myocardial infarction and schizophrenia.

Reference: List of human diseases associated with infectious pathogens

So again, I know association does not necessarily automatically causation, and that definitively proving that enteroviruses cause all these listed diseases needs more research.

But I suggest this research needs to be done pronto.

There is certainly a very good chance that coxsackievirus B is responsible for 74,000 heart attack deaths a year. With those kind of figures, you cannot just sit around with your brain in neutral, ignoring the data.

Post Edited (hippocrates) : 2/12/2013 10:02:12 AM (GMT-7)

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