The failure of antibiotics to prevent heart attacks

Taylor-Robinson, David; Boman, Jens
August 2005
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);8/13/2005, Vol. 331 Issue 7513, p361
Academic Journal
Presents an editorial regarding the failure of antibiotics in the prevention of heart attacks. Discussion of two clinical trials regarding the role of the respiratory pathogen Chlamydia pneumoniae in causing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease; Description of a trial by Grayston and colleagues of azithromycin or placebo taken by patients with stable coronary artery disease; Description of a trial by Cannon and colleagues of gatifloxacin or placebo taken by patients who were in hospital with an acute coronary syndrome; Report that in neither trial did antibiotic therapy reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular events.


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