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GUT BUGS LINKED TO HEART ATTACK, STROKES

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  1. Ecoclimber

    Ecoclimber Senior Member

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    http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/24/17900051-gut-bugs-linked-to-heart-attacks-strokes?lite

    Gut bugs linked to heart attacks, strokes

    By Sharon Begley
    Reuters
    Thousands of heart attack victims every year have none of the notorious risk factors before their crisis - not high cholesterol, not unhealthy triglycerides. Now the search for the mystery culprits has turned up some surprising suspects: the trillions of bacteria and other microbes living in the human gut.

    In a study released on Wednesday, scientists discovered that some of the bugs turn lecithin - a nutrient in egg yolks, liver, beef, pork and wheat germ - into an artery-clogging compound called TMAO. They also found that blood levels of TMAO predict heart attack, stroke or death, and do so "independent of other risk factors," said Dr Stanley Hazen, chairman of cellular and molecular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute, who led the study.

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    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6

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    Interesting, thank you. It could explain some of the findings reported in this thread:

    http://forums.phoenixrising.me/index.php?threads/new-research-blaming-l-carnitine.22695/

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