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December 23, 2004

Infection link to heart attacks

Topics: Medicine

In a  BBC News-UK Dec 16 article, not breaking news but important news to be aware of.

Common respiratory and urinary tract infections play a role in triggering heart attacks and strokes, a study of 40,000 medical records suggests. Infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia and cystitis raised the risk of a heart attack fivefold, and of a stroke threefold, for the period a patient was ill. The blame has been pinned on inflammation caused by the infections.

The research, funded by several leading research bodies, is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Continue reading at BBC News UK...

Posted by Hyscience at December 23, 2004 9:33 AM



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