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Respiratory viruses (Enteroviruses): Responsible of heart diseases? 

I received a comment on my post related to community life-style

https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/simply-dying-of-old-age-in-roseto-pennsylvania-health-is-rooted-in-community-life-style/

There is increasing evidence for viral infections (especially from entero-viruses) precipitating heart attacks.

Enteroviruses are respiratory viruses, which can be caught through kissing or close social contact.

The Roseto Italians lived in a traditional close-knit community with probably lower levels of contact with outsiders, and most likely with lower levels of sexual and amorous promiscuity than the average American.

This behavior may well have protected the Roseto Italians from picking up viral infections, thereby reducing their heart attack risk.

There are around 460,000 fatal heart attacks per year in the US, with 40% of these (184,000 deaths) linked to enterovirus infections (reference here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18061067 ).

So any lifestyle that can prevent the spread of enteroviruses in a community will likely result in lower rates of heart attacks.

This is not to say that good food and a supportive family network don’t play a role in reducing heart attacks as well.

But the fact is that enteroviral infections are likely the major mechanism of precipitating heart attacks.


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