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Lyme Disease Promotes Sudden Cardiac Death

Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 04:17 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Three more rare cases of sudden cardiac death in young people have been connected to Lyme disease.

This disease, the most common tick-borne ailment, causes an inflammatory cardiac condition known as “Lyme carditis.”

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that this condition caused the recent deaths.

Before these cases, only four incidents of sudden cardiac death had been reported since Lyme disease was identified.

According to health officials, the victims were between the ages of 26 and 38, and lived in the Northeast, where Lyme disease has been on the rise in recent years.

Although sudden cardiac death is rare, Lyme carditis does commonly occur with Lyme disease.

Symptoms include dizziness or shortness of breath caused by an irregular, slow heartbeat. The symptoms rarely last more than a few days or weeks.

Such heart abnormalities generally appear several weeks after infection, and usually begin to resolve even before treatment.

Given the rare possibility of serious complications, officials have said that people should be on the lookout for such symptoms, and that Lyme disease should be treated as quickly as possible.

If you were recently in a tick-infested area, ask your physician to order a Lyme disease titer blood test. If the test is positive, start taking antibiotics right away.

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