Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a multifactorial disease that involves the interplay of many risk factors. Traditional risk factors as defined by the American Heart Association fail to account for all instances of atherosclerosis and CVD. Only within the last 100 years have infectious diseases gained prominence as potential risk factors for cardiovascular illnesses. Within the last 50 years, Chlamydiae pneumoniae, a pervasive intracellular pathogen, has been implicated in the development of atherosclerosis and CVD. This investigation aimed to clarify the relationship between Chlamydia pneumoniae (C. pneumoniae) and CVD. This task was accomplished through in-depth research within the literature of PubMed, using Koch’s postulates as guidelines to determine the role of C. pneumoniae in cardiovascular disease. Findings from this investigation suggest a causative relationship between C. pneumoniae and CVD. In addition to traditional risk factors, this investigation found C. pneumoniae to be a risk factor in the development of atherosclerosis and ensuing cardiovascular disease.
Date of Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Science, Engineering and Technology
Piroso, S. (2018). Chlamydia pneumoniae in cardiovascular disease: Risk factor or incidental finding? [Master’s alternative plan paper, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1253/
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