Microbial Risk Factors of Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Diseases: Potential Therapeutical Options
Mohammed Abdalla Abbasa, b, Albrecht Guentherc, Sebastiano Galantuccia, Gharib Fawia, Giancarlo Comib, Joseph Kwand, Francesco Coreab, *
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2008
First Page: 20
Last Page: 24
Publisher ID: TONEUJ-2-20
Article History:Received Date: 11/10/2007
Revision Received Date: 27/2/2008
Acceptance Date: 4/4/2008
Electronic publication date: 7/5/2008
Collection year: 2008
open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/), which permits unrestrictive use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Infection and inflammation may have a crucial role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. This hypothesis is supported by an increasing number of reports on the interaction between chronic infection, inflammation, and atherogenesis. Assessment of serological and inflammatory markers of infection may be useful adjuncts in identifying those patients who are at a higher risk of developing vascular events, and in whom more aggressive treatments might be warranted.