Are Lyme-related heart deaths worse than we thought?
From Forbes. Sept. 4, 2015
By Dr. Judy Stone
How much heart involvement is there with Lyme? Based on cases submitted to the CDC, only 1.1% of patients had carditis. I suspect the real number is substantially higher, given that I’ve seen several patients with it and based on other reports in the literature, which often cite a 4-10% incidence of carditis.
…While an update reported that pathologists at tissue banks retrospectively reviewed reports for 20,000 specimens, finding no additional cases, no mention is made of how thorough the reviews were, nor whether special stains to detect Borrelia were used. …Given how infrequently autopsies are done, and how limited or “defective” they are at times, I’ve little doubt that other cases are missed.
I’ve wondered, “Should we be doing Lyme serology on everyone with acute 2nd or 3rd degree heart block or unexplained heart failure?” READ MORE.
(Editor’s note: Dr. Judy Stone is an infectious disease specialist and Forbes contributor.)