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heart disease

The Spy lulla at athena.mit.edu
Sun Jan 22 00:16:51 EST 1995

Hello.  I was wondering if it is possible to pick up a virus that
causes heart disease.  The main symptoms are occasional bouts of
a sharp chest pain that occurs where the heart is located, 
accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, and temporary 
increased heart rate.  In addition, a routine blood test (taken
during a medical checkup) showed an abnormally high cholesterol
level which is probably not caused by the diet alone.

If there is a virus, is there a simple test that can be done to 
check (ie a simple blood test)?  What type of medication (ie is
there a specific anti-viral drug) can be taken?  If this 
medication is taken and there is in fact no virus, can the 
medication cause side-effects?

Thanks for any info,


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