Can worms defend our hearts? Chronic helminthic infections may attenuate the development of cardiovascular diseases.

@article{Magen2005CanWD,
  title={Can worms defend our hearts? Chronic helminthic infections may attenuate the development of cardiovascular diseases.},
  author={Eli Magen and Gadi Borkow and Zvi Bentwich and Joseph Mishal and Shimon Scharf},
  journal={Medical hypotheses},
  year={2005},
  volume={64 5},
  pages={904-9}
}
The established risk factors for atherosclerosis fail to fully explain the extent and severity of coronary artery diseases in 50% of the patients. Thus, the causative agents and processes, which may be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, are being sought. Notoriously, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular event rates are much lower in developing countries. Clinically, severe infections by intracellular pathogens are widespread mostly in developing countries with poor sanitation… CONTINUE READING