Ulcer Bacteria Linked to Heart Disease

Infection with Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria associated with gastric ulcers, may trigger an autoimmune response that increases the risk of coronary artery disease, according to researcher. Recent studies have stimulated debate in the scientific community about the role of infectious diseases and bacteria in heart disease.

Growing evidence suggests that the body's response to such infections may also be involved in the development of atherosclerosis, fatty deposits in the walls of arteries that can lead to stroke and heart attack. Although more research is needed to confirm the theory that infections lead to atherosclerosis, these data raise the possibility that exposure to H. pylori and other bacteria leads to increased risk of clinically manifest coronary artery disease by an autoimmune mechanism.

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There is ever increasing evidence that there is an infectious cause for heart disease. This is the first that I have seen reported that the ulcer bacteria, H. pylori, is believed to be a cause. One needs remember that it is frequently not necessary to take antibiotics to kill these infections.

One nearly needs to improve their immune response. I have not used antibiotics to treat someone's ulcers in years. Increasing the water and using good bacteria and cleaning up the diet seem to work for most people. I suspect the same strategy would also work to improve the risk for heart disease if this organism were found to be a cause of heart disease.

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