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Emerg Infect Dis. 2001 Sep-Oct; 7(5): 780–788.
PMCID: PMC2631877
Potential infectious etiologies of atherosclerosis: a multifactorial perspective.
S. O'Connor, C. Taylor, L. A. Campbell, S. Epstein, and P. Libby
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA.
S. O'Connor: sbo5/at/cdc.gov
Abstract
Coronary heart disease (CHD) contributes substantially to illness and death worldwide. Experimental studies demonstrate that infection can stimulate atherogenic processes. This review presents a spectrum of data regarding the link between CHD and infection. In addition, the need for improved diagnostic tools, the significance of multiple pathogens, and potential intervention strategies are discussed.
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