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Enterovirus causing 90,000 fatal heart attacks yearly in US

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#1 Hip

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Posted 07 May 2019 - 11:29 PM

A study found 40% of people who died of a sudden heart attack had enterovirus infection in their heart tissues. 


Other studies which have linked enterovirus to heart attacks include this one, this one, this one and this one.


I suspect that the presence of enterovirus in the tissues is the smoking gun, suggesting enterovirus may be the triggering cause of around 40% of sudden heart attacks.


Given that there are about 225,000 fatal heart attacks per year in the US (ref here), that would mean enterovirus is killing around 90,000 people per year in the US alone, by precipitating fatal hearts attacks in often perfectly healthy people.




I personally have had direct experience of observing enterovirus causing heart attacks: some years ago when I caught a nasty coxsackievirus B4 infection (CVB4 is a virus in the enterovirus genus), as this virus spread to over 30 friends and family, it apparently caused four heart attacks in four previously healthy people — in one case a fatal heart attack. Two of these four heart attacks involved chronic viral myocarditis (ie, chronic viral infection of the heart muscle), which implicated the virus.


Thus I need no convincing of the ability of enterovirus to cause sudden myocardial infarctions in perfectly healthy people. For details about my Coxsackie B4 virus and the diseases it suddenly triggered in me, my friends and my family see here




I know that association does not imply causation, but nevertheless there is enough evidence here to indicate we may have a killer on the loose, which is terminating the lives of 90,000 Americans per year, with similar death rates in other countries.


Death by sudden heart attack can be particularly cruel, as it can affect young as well as older people, and suddenly take away people's fathers, mothers, wives and husbands.




Yet in spite of this good evidence for the very real possibility that enterovirus is this monstrous serial killer, very little is done about it.


It would be quite feasible to create and introduce vaccines to protect against some of the most cardiotropic enteroviruses, which would probably include coxsackievirus B3, coxsackievirus B4, coxsackievirus B5, and some of the echoviruses. Such vaccines I suspect would likely dramatically reduce the incidence of sudden heart attacks (not to mention reduce the incidence of type 1 diabetes, Parkinson's, myalgic encephalomyelitis, and motor neuron disease which are also linked to coxsackievirus B).


Yet there is very little interest in creating enterovirus vaccines. Which is extraordinary, given how much effort is made to ensure people get vaccinated for say measles, a disease which would only kill a few thousand a year in the US if there were no measles vaccine.


But here we have a case of enterovirus potentially causing 90,000 deaths per year in the US, but nothing is done about it.


Go figure!






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#2 treonsverdery

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 10:41 PM

Thanks for posting, the vaccine is likely a beneficial product.

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 04:31 PM

Where do these viruses come from, how do you contract them, and are there any preventative measures, sans vaccine, such as diet or supplementation that might help?

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#4 Hip

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Posted 21 June 2019 - 05:53 PM

Coxsackievirus B is found in around half of the general population, who become carriers, and the virus can be caught from a carrier just by contact with their saliva or nasal mucus, as coxsackievirus B is found in respiratory secretions (as well as in feces). 


So French kissing is a good way to catch the virus, and to a lesser extent, you may catch it when you sit at table to eat or drink with others, as usually when people converse, talk or laugh, they will eject small amounts of spittle, which may land in your drink on the food in your plate, and when you consume this, the virus infects you. Coxsackievirus B is a respiratory virus, which means it is adapted to infecting the cells which line your mouth, throat and respiratory tract.


When I caught my Coxsackie B virus, I caught it from kissing on a first date. Within a couple of years, I spread it to many people. I spread it to one new girlfriend within weeks of meeting her, through kissing. With friends and family, it would typically pass to another person during a meal.


In long term infections or in people carrying the virus, coxsackievirus B is not as contagious as say a cold, because during the acute phase of a cold, millions of viral particles are created, and sneezing helps spread them. So a cold will spread to others at work or in the home within days. Whereas with people who are carriers of coxsackievirus B, the infection is mostly kept under control by the immune system, so fewer viral particles are created, and thus the contagiousness is less. Once I was infected with CVB, I found I would only infect someone new in my home or among my friends once every 3 months or so.



There are actually 6 serotypes of coxsackie B virus, named coxsackievirus B1 to B6. Within each serotype, there are also a number of strains, with some strains being worse than others. I think I may have caught a nastier than normal strain of CVB4. 



According to a study in Scotland, 55% of the general population have IgG antibodies to at least one serotype of coxsackievirus B, which means at some point in the past they will have caught this infection, and even if they experience no no overt ill health effects (yet) from the virus, are carriers of the virus. Many of these carriers I believe could be experiencing subclinical effects from the CVB in their body, perhaps making them a bit more fatigued than they should be, or affecting the brain, causing say lowered mood or increased anxiety and reduced stress tolerance.



Edited by Hip, 21 June 2019 - 06:04 PM.

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