Common infections could double the risk of stroke and significantly increase the chance of a heart attack, new research suggests.
Researchers said the dangers could be greater than those posed by obesity and on a par with high blood pressure or diabetes, in increasing risks to the heart.
The British study involving hospital patients admitted to hospital with infections found they had a 40 per cent greater chance of a heart attack while stroke risk was increased by 150 per cent. Those suffering such infections were three times as likely to die, if they suffered heart disease, the study found. …
Researchers suggested that the infections may cause inflammation, which has recently been found to be linked to heart disease.