Dangerous gut-heart liaison
When it comes to matters of the heart, don’t always trust your gut.
Researchers at the Kantonsspital St.Gallen have identified a new risk factor for inflammatory heart disease. As the scientific magazine Science reports in its November 15, 2019 issue, harmless gut bacteria can instruct the immune system to attack the heart, exacerbating damage and inflammation. These new findings make it possible for the first time to use targeted therapeutic approaches in this potentially fatal disease.