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J Physiol Pharmacol. 1999 Dec;50(5):743-51.

Association of Helicobacter pylori infection with coronary heart disease.

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Department of Physiology, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland.


The role of Helicobacter pylori (HP) as the main etiological factor in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease is undisputable. Gastric mucosal damage caused by HP involves various bacterial and host-dependent toxic substances that have been recently associated with an increased risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), possibly through the activation acute phase response and of procoagulant hemostatic factors. Recent studies showed a close and strong correlation between plasma increments of some cytokines such as IL-6 or TNFalpha and cardiovascular diseases. HP infection induces platelet activation and aggregation that could be the pathogenic explanation of the association between HP infection and CAD. The aim of this study was to determine the seroprevalence of HP infection and antibodies to CagA, an antigen that is expressed by the most virulent HP strains inducing an enhanced gastric inflammatory response, in patients undergoing routine coronary artery examination. We studied 76 patients with CAD and 81 healthy controls patients without significant change in coronary circulation. Angiograms were read by two independent experienced cardiologists blinded to the results of HP status. The presence of serum IgG antibodies to HP and to CagA and plasma interleukin-8 (IL-8) levels was measured by ELISA. In addition plasma C-reactive protein fibrinogen, total cholesterol and lipids levels were measured in all studied patients. Seropositivity to HP was found in 81.5 % of cases and in 51% of controls and the difference in prevalence was statistically significant, the odds ratio being 4.3 for Hp patients. Antibody to CagA protein was detected in 47.3% of CAD but only in 28% of healthy controls (OR = 2.3 vs OR = 10). C-reactive protein, plasma fibrinogen and total cholesterol were, respectively higher in patients with CAD than in controls. Present data show that there is significant link between CAD and HP infection. The HP infection significantly increases the risk of CAD, especially when both the anti-HP IgG and anti-CagA IgG are considered. Higher prevalence of cytotoxic HP strains might enhance the atherosclerotic process by inducing a persistent, low grade inflammatory response in arterial wall with enhanced synthesis of acute phase reactants.

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