August 26, 2010

Allergies Associated with Heart Disease!

First weight gain and now heart disease. Allergies is certainly getting bad rap (though it has been associated with decreased risk of cancer).

Researchers in Philadelphia have found an association between allergies and heart disease when analyzing data from more than 8,600 adults aged 20 or older who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted between 1988 and 1994.

After adjusting for other related factors, such as age and asthma, there was a 2.6-fold increased risk of heart disease with wheezing and a 40 percent increased risk with rhinoconjunctivitis, compared to no allergies.

Researchers suggested that the intermittent inflammation that comes with allergies may lead to the thickening of artery walls with subsequent development of heart disease. It could also be that some people simply carry genes that are linked to the development of both allergies and heart disease.

Clearly more research is needed to clarify this relationship.

Relation Between Common Allergic Symptoms and Coronary Heart Disease Among NHANES III Participants Am J Cardiology Received 19 March 2010; accepted 20 May 2010. published online 13 August 2010.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.


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