Herpes of the heart

The Herpes Simplex Virus Link with Heart Disease:







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Herpes of the heart / Herpes and Meningitis

This is part three of a series on HSV-1, HSV-2 and Herpes Zoster. Part One is here Hidden Dangers of Herpes Infections and you can read Part Two here Systemic Herpes Impact

The herpes simplex virus has also been implicated in heart disease. I’’ve written ad nauseum about the arginine heart connection and wondering whether banning arginine as a herpes prevention treatment is wise.

I have wondered if the ban on arginine for herpes sufferers has, in some way, made that connection even stronger, since arginine is such a powerful factor in a healthy cardiovascular system. Whether it is the abstinence from arginine or something about the herpes virus itself, there does seem to be a connection between people who have herpes and people who then develop heart problems.

As far back as 1984, researchers have linked these two conditions but do you hear about that on the tv? Not yet. I found an old New York Times article which talked about the possibility that hardening of the arteries can start when fragments of herpes virus infect the arterial walls.

INVESTIGATORS EXPLORE LINKS OF HERPES TO HEART DISEASE

Meningitis is another herpes-related complication that can develop if the herpes virus spreads to the tissues around the spinal cord and brain. The virus can infect the cerebrospinal fluid and cause meningitis.

The virus can additionally infect the lower part of the spinal cord, producing a bizarre set of symptoms that can include unexplained constipation, a loss of feeling in the legs or a feeling of having no strength in the legs, and problems with urination. I wish someone would seriously look at the arginine factor in all of this because just banning it is obviously not the answer, at least from my own experience.

I’’m not trying to scare anyone here but I am trying to press home the seriousness of this condition, way beyond being a hindrance to your love life. It could be a hindrance to your life, period. The herpes simplex virus can cause viral infection to spread to almost every system of the body including lungs, liver and your joints.

Ocular herpes, or herpes of the eye, is another complication that can be devastating. If herpes is spread to the eye, it can lead to permanent eye damage or even blindness. If you have been diagnosed with ocular herpes or shingles, please take extra care to protect your eyesight.

Part Four: Other Herpes-Related Complications

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