H pylori and C pneumoniae infections may account for most acute coronary syndromes

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7054.428c (Published 17 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:428
  1. Antonio Aceti,
  2. Giorgio Mazzacurati,
  3. Alfredo Pennica,
  4. Maria A Amendolea,
  5. Barbara Zechini,
  6. Massimo Trappolini,
  7. Mario Puletti
  1. Director Institute of Infectious Diseases, University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy
  2. Senior registrar Assistant Biologist Research fellow Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  3. Assistant Associate professor of cardiology Medical Department 2, La Sapienza University

    EDITOR,—M A Mendall and colleagues provide data showing a strong association between C reactive protein concentration (a sensitive marker of systemic inflammation) and coronary heart disease.1 This finding draws attention to the inflammation as a mechanism underlying the progression of ischaemic heart disease. The same authors have previously shown a greatly increased cardiovascular risk in subjects with Helicobacter pylori and Chlamydia pneumoniae infections.2

    Recently we measured serum levels of antibody to H pylori and C pneumoniae in patients …

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