Lyme Disease can also Affect the Heart

Lyme Disease can also Affect the Heart first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.

Did you know that Lyme disease not only comes with flu like symptoms and joint and muscular pain, it can also have an impact on your heart. With cardio vascular issues only seen in 10% of  Lyme cases, the risk is quite low, however, it’s still very much there! Here’s an article with some very useful health information.

How Lyme Disease Affects the Heart – ProHealth
One bacteria involved in Lyme, Borrelia, can invade the heart muscle and cause a condition known as carditis, or infection of the heart tissues. If left untreated, it can cause heart block, which results when the electrical signal of the heart (that causes the heart to contract) gets interrupted. This can occur in varying degrees of severity, designated as first, second, and third degree heart block.

It’s important to be able to identify if you are having any kind of “palpitations, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, or swelling of feet or hands” as mentioned in the above article, if you have been infected by Lyme (and of course if you have not) to seek medical attention. More often than not Lyme disease can go unnoticed or undiagnosed. So what should you be looking out for?

It’s also worth noting that recently there have been reports on a new cause for Lyme disease and not just the one Borrelia bacteria.

New Cause for Lyme Disease Complicates Already Murky Diagnosis – Scientific American
Tick-borne Lyme disease in the U.S. has long been thought to be caused by a single microbe, a spiral-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Last week this notion was challenged when a team led by scientists at the Mayo Clinic discovered that Lyme could be caused, albeit rarely, by a different bacterial species that may incite more serious symptoms ranging from vomiting to neurological issues.

A complicated tick borne virus that many people lack in available knowledge. It’s important that we read what we can about this debilitating illness and apply the necessary methods of protection to keep these tiny troublesome ticks away from us.

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