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)