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Childhood infections ‘linked with greater risk of early heart attack’

19th October 2015

A new study has indicated that infections in childhood may be associated with an increased risk of early heart attacks.

The research revolved around a population-based case control study of 153 Indonesian patients who experienced an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) before the age of 56 years, compared with 153 age and sex-matched controls.

It was found that childhood infections were associated with an increased risk of early heart attacks, with infections experienced in childhood and adolescence linked with a three-fold higher occurrence of premature ACS later in life.

Unhealthy lifestyles in adulthood also appeared to compound the risk of early heart attack.

Dr Andriany Qanitha, a PhD candidate at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, said: "One explanation is that infection initiates chronic inflammation and atherosclerosis in the arteries. It could be that infection modifies cardiovascular risk factors and leads to ACS."

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer worldwide, with the condition becoming increasingly prevalent in south-east Asia in particular.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801803477-ADNFCR

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