Antibiotic reduces heart attack indicators

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by AJME, Mar 17, 2003.

  1. AJME

    AJME New Member

    Lots of us have bacterial problems. The article below suggests some bacteria can lead to heart disease. Excerpt below and full article below that....

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    "There is growing evidence that infection with the bacterium Chlamydia pneumoniae may be linked to heart disease."

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    Antibiotic reduces heart attack indicators

    Susan Aldridge, PhD

    For the first time, doctors have shown that antibiotic treatment can improve blood vessel function in angina patients.

    There is growing evidence that infection with the bacterium Chlamydia pneumoniae may be linked to heart disease. For instance, evidence of infection has been found within the fatty plaque that block the arteries serving the heart.

    Now doctors at St George's Hospital Medical School have shown, for the first time, that antibiotic treatment may improve cardiac function. They had 40 males, average age 55, all of whom had coronary artery disease take either the antibiotic azithromycin or placebo for five weeks.

    After this time, blood flow and indicators of blood vessel function were much improved in the antibiotic group. This doesn't actually show that antibiotic treatment reduces heart attack risk - but it's an encouraging sign. It's also unclear whether the benefits come from eradicating infection, or from a direct anti-inflammatory effect of the antibiotic upon the arteries. The next step will be clinical trials to clarify just how the antibiotics improve the heart disease indicators.

    Source
    Circulation online edition 25 February 2002