Antibiotics to prevent the risk of heart attack? The idea is not as preposterous as it sounds at first. Finnish researchers have shown that antibiotic therapy could significantly reduce the risk of myocardial infarction.
In most cases, infections are characterized by the onset of fever associated with other symptoms more characteristic of the infectious agent responsible and place that it was colonized (pharynx, sinuses, lungs, intestines, skin , etc..).
However, infectious agents have been implicated in diseases once thought they had yet nothing to do with infections. This applies, for example the bacterium Helicobacter pylori ulcer in the stomach or the Papillomavirus in Cervical cancer of the uterus. More recently, U.S. researchers have even launched the hypothesis of bacterial origin in Alzheimer's disease.
Furthermore, some studies had already revealed the existence of a link between infection by the bacterium Chlamydia pneumoniae and the occurrence of myocardial infarction. The idea of testing the use of antibiotics in the treatment of cardio-vascular was not as surprising as it seemed at first.
Thus, in a Finnish study, 150 people suffering from this type of pathology were prescribed antibiotics (Clarithromycin) for three months. These people had all been victims of myocardial infarction or suffering from unstable angina (severe form ofangina pectoris indicating a high risk of occurrence of myocardial infarction in the short term).
If no conclusive treatment effect is appeared clearly during the treatment period, however, the number of death, myocardial infarction or unstable angina after one year had been considerably reduced.
So it seems that the antibiotics have had a protective effect against the occurrence ofAccidents Cardio-vascular. What is it due? No one can yet say for now. Maybe there really bacteria involved in these pathologies, or perhaps this phenomenon is due to an indirect effect Anti-inflammatory antibiotics? While these issues remain unresolved, they provide opportunities for treatment previously unexplored.