If I remember correctly, Coxsackie B3 virus can cause myocarditis
supposedly by inducing a type of autoimmunity. C.J. Gauntt has done a lot
of this work.
Brick Ayola, Ph.D.
Tulane School of Medicine
On 22 Jan 1995, The Spy wrote:
> 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,