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Bacteria that infect our bodies can produce deadly toxins that can trigger inflammation, and this can trigger heart attacks and strokes, according to research published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The researchers from the University of New South Wales examined the symptoms and deaths of over 300 people in South Australia who had undergone a medical appliance medical appliance, or MMEA, repair.
“The vast majority of the patients were unaware that they had been infected with bacteria that cause heart attacks or strokes,” lead researcher Dr. Kate Macdonald said.
“Some patients had symptoms that were thought to be caused by infection with another disease, like an inflammatory bowel disease, and in other cases, the symptoms were simply not thought to have been caused by any infection at all.”
The study was based on data collected by the South Australian Health Department between November and March this year.
“This research provides the first systematic examination of the extent to which infection may lead to complications of MMEAs and related devices,” Dr Macdonald explained.
“It is also the first study to examine whether or not this infection leads to other types of complications in patients who undergo the same type of MGEA repair.
This is important as there are currently no effective drugs or surgical intervention to prevent or treat the symptoms associated with these devices.”
Dr Macdonald was inspired to conduct the study after she read a commentary in the South Australia Courier-Mail about the safety of MEEAs.
“I was really concerned by the number of patients that I’ve worked with who have had heart attacks because of their MME As,” Dr. Macdonald told ABC News.
“They don’t get any treatment and they end up with massive chest pains.”
Dr. Macdonas study included a comparison of the symptoms of the MME patients to those of people who were not infected with the bacteria.
“We found that there was a significant difference in the rate of chest pain and other symptoms when comparing the MEEA patients to people who had not been infected,” Dr Macintosh said.
While the study was published, Dr Macdon as well as her co-author, Dr Elizabeth Taylor, were working to find out more about how the infection may cause heart and other complications.
“There are some people that have symptoms, but they’re not necessarily the cause of the problem,” Dr Taylor said.”[The infection] may be causing the symptoms.
If it’s not causing the symptom, it’s probably not causing anything.”
The South Australian Government has said it is considering a pilot program to provide free testing for patients undergoing MMEIs.
The Government has also issued a warning about MMEs, saying that they can lead to serious complications including heart attacks.
Dr Macdon said she was encouraged by the response from her patients.
“As a doctor, it was really exciting to hear from the people that had really made the switch and wanted to know how it went and whether they were still experiencing chest pains, or other symptoms,” she said.
She said her study was the first of its kind and the results could be used to inform future MME interventions.