Thousands – perhaps potentially millions – of Americans are living unknowingly with Lyme disease – and that can have fatal consequences.
For decades, conventional medical lore has dictated that Lyme disease is not a fatal illness. Three recent deaths have proven that not to be the case.
In the course of the last year, three young and previously healthy Americans dropped down dead from heart attacks – seemingly without reason.
But autopsies soon revealed that all three patients carried in their blood the tick-borne parasite Borrelia burgdorferi – and their heart attacks had been the result of “Lyme carditis” – cardiac illness caused by the virulent, spiral-shaped bacteria.
While Lyme carditis is a condition doctors have known about for some time, the fact that it can be the cause of sudden cardiac death is not so well-known; and many physicians wouldn’t even consider it a possible cause of heart attack even in young, seemingly healthy people.
But this could be a growing issue, as many experts believe the number of Americans unknowingly living with Lyme disease could number in the hundreds of thousands. With blood tests for Lyme...