HELICOBACTER PYLORI AND THE ATHEROGENIC PROCESS IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Nuno Carvalho, Ana Cóias, Hélder Coelho, Gisela Marcelino, Diogo Albergaria, Maria José Ferreira, Maria José Brito, João Corte Real & Paulo Matos Costa
Background: Conventional risk factors do not explain completely the atherogenic process. Chronic Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection may cause arterial inflammation and has been epidemiologically linked to the occurrence of atherosclerosis. Studies about the association of HP infection with peripheral arterial disease are limited. Objective: Evaluate the presence of HP using a monoclonal antibody anti-HP in the atherosclerotic plaques of the superficial femoral artery in patients submitted to amputation above-knee. Material and methods: We searched for...
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