Myocarditis/Cardiomyopathy

 Since I started thinking about Sed rate, I remembered that several researchers in CFSi have noted that low sed rates occur only in a handful of conditions: CFS, Giant Cell Arteritisi, and Idiopathic Cardiomyopathyi are among the few. Some workers in the CFS field even consider CFS to be a form of Heart Failure, an infiltration myopathy caused by thickening and stiffening of the heart tissue. David Wheldoni noted the stiffening he observed in autopsies of Aortic Aneurism victims.

So: 

Heart 2001;86:456-458 ( October ) <

Scientific letters

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Dilated cardiomyopathy and Chlamydia pneumoniae infection

http://heart.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/86/4/456<

strengthens the connection, I think

and:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?CMD=Display&DB=pubmed< is a case history where early detection of C.Pn. probably saved the patient's life.

Ron