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Association of Virulent Helicobacter pylori Strains With Ischemic Heart Disease *

Background—Previous studies have reported an association between chronic Helicobacter pylori infection and ischemic heart disease. However, it is not clear whether this association is really due to the virulence of the bacterium or is merely the result of confounding factors (in particular, age and social class).
Methods and Results—We assessed the prevalence of infection by Helicobacter pylori and by strains bearing the cytotoxin-associated gene-A (CagA), a strong virulence factor, in 88 patients with ischemic heart disease (age, 57±8 years; 74 men) and in 88 age- and sex-matched controls (age, 57±8 years; 74 men) with similar social background. Prevalence of Helicobacter infection was significantly higher in patients than in controls (62% versus 40%; P=.004), with an odds ratio of 2.8 (95% CI, 1.3 to 7.4; P<.001) adjusted for age, sex, main cardiovascular risk factors, and social class. Patients with ischemic heart disease also had a higher prevalence of CagA-positive strains (43% versus 17%; P=.0002), with an adjusted odds ratio of 3.8 (95% CI, 1.6 to 9.1; P<.001). Conversely, prevalence of CagA-negative strains was similar in patients and controls (19% versus 23%), with an adjusted odds ratio of 0.8 (95% CI, 0.4 to 1.4).

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Published on 06-19-2008