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.


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Scientific letters


Dilated cardiomyopathy and Chlamydia pneumoniae infection<

strengthens the connection, I think

and:< is a case history where early detection of C.Pn. probably saved the patient's life.