Published: 24 January 2019
Author(s): João Ferreira-Coimbra, Marta Soares Carreira, Ana Luísa Cunha, Sandra Rebelo, José Manuel Pereira
Issue: January 2019
Section: Letter to the Editor

Cardiovascular (CV) diseases are a worldwide major cause of death. This fact relates to a number of risk factors [1], but infection might be pointed as one of utmost importance as it triggers inflammation, thrombosis and endothelial dysfunction, leading to atherosclerosis. This is true not only in the acute phase of the infection, but also in the following years. Low respiratory tract infections, specially if severe, have been associated with CV events [2].


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