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Emerg Infect Dis. 2001 Sep-Oct; 7(5): 780–788.
PMCID: PMC2631877

Potential infectious etiologies of atherosclerosis: a multifactorial perspective.


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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