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Heart trouble and glandular fever

Can you develop heart trouble in later years if you had glandular fever as a child?

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The Epstein-Barr Virus is a common cause for glandular fever, and this virus is widespread within human populations. The Epstein-Barr Virus is associated with the development of many different diseases, but this does not mean that it causes these diseases.

There is some evidence from scientific study to suggest that the Epstein-Barr Virus is also associated with heart disease development, but once again, an association with heart disease does not mean that this virus causes heart disease. There is requirement for much more scientific study to see whether the Epstein-Barr Virus is associated with or causal to heart disease development.

In this instance, it would be advisable to try and reduce the incidence of heart disease and any viral association for heart disease development, by pursuing a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle approach includes: regular exercise, eating healthy, not smoking and reducing alcohol intake.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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