The relationship between inflammation and heart disease

Dr.Nabil AL WATTAR
Dermatologist
Dr.watar@scs-net.org

New studies provide new insight into the role of infection and          inflammation in the heart disease.

They found that older people ( more than 65 years old ) who had been infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) had twice the risk of having a heart attack or dying from heart disease as those never infected by the virus.

In spite of the infections are not likley the sole factor in determining the development of heart disease.

Herpes simplex in lower lip              Herpes simplex in the skin

Also they confirm the relationship between the patients infected by chlamydia pneumoniae which cause upper and lower resperatory tract infection and the heart attack as mentioned in new studies in United States.

They suggest that herpes virus simplex virus type 1 and chlamydia pneumoniae may travel to the heart via immune system cells.

And they found that the higher count of white blood cells due to inflammation had the higher patientís risk of death from a heart attack or of developing congestive heart failure.