Archive for the ‘Heart Issues’ Category

Classification of Patients Referred Under Suspicion of Tick-borne Diseases, Copenhagen, Denmark

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33126203/

Classification of patients referred under suspicion of tick-borne diseases, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Abstract

To provide better care for patients suspected of having a tick-transmitted infection, the Clinic for Tick-borne Diseases at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark was established. The aim of this prospective cohort study was to evaluate diagnostic outcome and to characterize demographics and clinical presentations of patients referred between the 1st of September 2017 to 31st of August 2019. A diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis was based on medical history, symptoms, serology and cerebrospinal fluid analysis. The patients were classified as:

  • definite Lyme borreliosis
  • possible Lyme borreliosis
  • post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome

Antibiotic treatment of Lyme borreliosis manifestations was initiated in accordance with the national guidelines. Patients not fulfilling the criteria of Lyme borreliosis were further investigated and discussed with an interdisciplinary team consisting of specialists from relevant specialties, according to individual clinical presentation and symptoms. Clinical information and demographics were registered and managed in a database. A total of 215 patients were included in the study period. Median age was 51 years (range 17-83 years), and 56 % were female.

Definite Lyme borreliosis was diagnosed in 45 patients, of which:

  • 20 patients had erythema migrans
  • 14 patients had definite Lyme neuroborreliosis
  • six had acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans
  • four had multiple erythema migrans
  • one had Lyme carditis
  • 12 patients were classified as possible Lyme borreliosis
  • 12 patients as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome
A total of 146 patients (68 %) did not fulfil the diagnostic criteria of Lyme borreliosis.
  • Half of these patients (73 patients, 34 %) were diagnosed with an alternative diagnosis including inflammatory diseases, cancer diseases and two patients with a tick-associated disease other than Lyme borreliosis.

A total of 73 patients (34 %) were discharged without sign of somatic disease.

Lyme borreliosis patients had a shorter duration of symptoms prior to the first hospital encounter compared to patients discharged without a specific diagnosis (p<0.001). When comparing symptoms at presentation, patients discharged without a specific diagnosis suffered more often from general fatigue and cognitive dysfunction.

In conclusion, 66 % of all referred patients were given a specific diagnosis after ended outpatient course. A total of 32 % was diagnosed with either definite Lyme borreliosis, possible Lyme borreliosis or post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome; 34 % was diagnosed with a non-tick-associated diagnosis. Our findings underscore the complexity in diagnosing Lyme borreliosis and the importance of ruling out other diseases through careful examination.

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**Comment**

While Lyme isn’t everything, it CAN BE anything.  This paper shows once again that half are turned away due to strict diagnostic criteria utilizing faulty serology testing where few are positively diagnosed. They are slapped with a label that will keep them from proper treatment and are doomed to a life of misery.

Nothing new here.  Same song, different day.

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Medical Journal Warns iPhone 12 Can Turn Off Implantable Defibrillators, All “Smart” Devices Can Cause Accidental Arrhythmia

Medical Journal Warns iPhone 12 Can Turn Off Implantable Defibrillators, All “Smart” Devices Can Cause Accidental Arrhythmia

By B.N. Frank

There have been warnings about serious vulnerability issues – including by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – associated with medical devices and implants that use Bluetooth, Internet of Things (IoT), and wireless technology (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  Additional warnings were recently issued in a medical journal.  (See link for article)

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Important excerpts:

Whether you have a medical implant or not, there are warnings in the manuals of cell phones, laptops, and other wireless radiation emitting products to NOT carry or hold these devices against the body Telecom companies seem to be aware of the risks.  They have warned investors for many years that they could be held liable for harm caused by their devices and transmitters.  In fact, insurance companies rarely insure telecom companies anymore (see 1, 2).  Despite all of this – both telecom and tech companies often advertise unsafe use of their products to people of all ages.  Unfortunately, many businesses do.

There is also an enormous amount of research (government, independent, and industry) that has determined exposure to all sources of wireless radiation is biologically harmful.  It has been the topic of numerous documentary films, broadcast news stories, and articles.  Exposure can cause or worsen cardiac health issues and so much more.

Wireless radiation is emitted by many common sources including:

Medical implant wearers have also expressed concerns about 5G exposure affecting their devices.  In 2019, telecom executives gave U.S. congressional testimony that they had NO independent scientific evidence that 5G is safe.  There is research that has determined it isn’t.  concerned about 5G being installed near your home and throughout your community, EMF Experts is offering a free online tutorial on how to locate 5G towers.

There are a number of excellent videos within the link as well.
This is important information for everyone, but particularly Lyme/MSIDS patients as tick-borne infections can affect the heart – sometimes requiring pace-makers.

Prevalence of Bartonella sp. in United States Military Working Dogs With Infectious Endocarditis: A Retrospective Case-Control Study

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31830708/

Prevalence of Bartonella sp. in United States military working dogs with infectious endocarditis: a retrospective case-control study

Abstract

Objectives: Bartonella infection has been associated with endocarditis in humans, dogs, cats and cattle. In order to evaluate the importance of this pathogen as a possible source of endocarditis in United States military working dogs (MWDs), we performed a retrospective case-control study on 26 dogs with histological diagnosis of culture negative endocarditis (n = 18), endomyocarditis (n = 5) or endocardiosis (n = 3) and 28 control dogs without any histological cardiac lesions.

Methods: DNA was extracted from paraffin embedded cardiac valves and tissues from case and control dogs and submitted to PCR testing with primers targeting the Bartonella gltA gene. PCR-RFLP using four restriction endonucleases and partial sequencing was then performed to determine the Bartonella species involved.

Results:

  • Nineteen (73%) cases were PCR positive for Bartonella, including B. henselae (8 dogs), B. vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii (6 dogs), B. washoensis (2 dogs) and B. elizabethae (1 dog).
  • Only one control dog was weakly PCR positive for Bartonella.
  • Based on the type of histological diagnosis, 13 (72.2%) dogs with endocarditis, 3 (60%) dogs with endomyocarditis and all 3 dogs with endocardiosis were Bartonella PCR positive.

Conclusions: Bartonella sp. Infections were correlated with cardiopathies in US military working dogs. Systemic use of insecticides against ectoparasites and regular testing of MWDs for Bartonella infection seem highly appropriate to prevent such life-threatening exposures.

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**Comments**

Dogs are sentinels for human tick-borne diseases and should be a warning shot over the bow. This study clearly shows Bartonella is a huge player in heart issues and should always be considered.  Mainstream medicine continues to falsely believe this is a benign infection that will resolve on its own.  

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Three Deaths Associated With Lyme Carditis

https://danielcameronmd.com/podcast-3-deaths-associated-with-lyme-carditis/

THREE DEATHS ASSOCIATED WITH LYME CARDITIS

Hello, and welcome to another Inside Lyme Podcast. I am your host Dr. Daniel Cameron. In this podcast, I will be discussing three deaths associated with Lyme carditis.

Podcasts here:  https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS83NzIxNjAucnNz  Lyme Carditis podcast is approx. 12 min.

I first read about these cases in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The authors described three deaths associated with Lyme disease. All three were diagnosed with Lyme carditis on autopsy.

Patient 1

“In November 2012, a Massachusetts resident was found unresponsive in an automobile after it veered off the road,” wrote the authors.  He had no cardiac activity by the emergency responders. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

We know very little about the patient. “Interviews with next-of-kin revealed that the patient had described a nonspecific illness with malaise and muscle and joint pain during the 2 weeks preceding death,” wrote the authors. The authors added, “The patient lived alone with a dog that was reported to have ticks frequently.”

He was diagnosed with Lyme carditis on autopsy.

Patient 2

“In July 2013, a New York state resident experienced chest pain and collapsed at home,” wrote the authors. The patient was pronounced dead after failing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  The patient had a history of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW).  In WPW is condition characterized by abnormal electrical pathways that can causes a rapid heartbeat.  There was no history of a tick bite or a rash.

The patient was also diagnosed with Lyme carditis on autopsy.

Patient 3

“In July 2013, a Connecticut resident collapsed while visiting New Hampshire and was pronounced dead at a local hospital,” wrote the authors.

“The patient had complained of episodic shortness of breath and anxiety during the 7–10 days before death,” wrote the authors.  He was prescribed the anti-anxiety medication clonazepam the day prior to death.  There was no EKG performed.

The patient was diagnosed with Lyme carditis.

All three of these individuals tested positive for Lyme disease on autopsy.

What questions do these cases raise?

  1. What is Lyme carditis?
  2. How often does Lyme carditis occur?
  3. How is Lyme disease diagnosed?
  4. Can Lyme carditis be prevented?
  5. How often are autopsies performed on patients with sudden death?
  6. Why is the second patient’s history of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) important?
  7. How reliable are tests for Lyme disease in patients with sudden death?
  8. Could the third patient still be alive if he had an EKG 7 to 10 days earlier when he presented with episodic shortness of breath and anxiety?
  9. What is the significance of the dog in the first case?
  10. What would you recommend?

Thanks for listening to another Inside Lyme Podcast. You can read more about these cases in my show notes and on my website @DanielCameronMD.com. As always, it is your likes, comments, reviews, and shares that help spread the word about Lyme disease. Until next time on Inside Lyme.

Please remember that the advice given is general and not intended as specific advice as to any particular patient. If you require specific advice, then please seek that advice from an experienced professional.

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This Inside Lyme case series will be discussed on my Facebook and made available on podcast and YouTube.  As always, it is your likes, comments, and shares that help spread the word about this series and our work. If you can, please leave a review on iTunes or wherever else you get your podcasts.

References:
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three sudden cardiac deaths associated with Lyme carditis – United States, November 2012-July 2013. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2013 Dec 13;62(49):993-6.

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