A big new study has found that there may be a connection between heart disease and allergies. The sneezing, watery eyes, wheezing and similar symptoms that are associated with allergic reactions may become another risk factor for heart disease, it was found.
Researchers have clarified that this does not mean that allergies cause heart disease, but that heart disease and allergies were frequently seen to appear together, suggesting a probable link.
Data was collected from 8,600 people of over 20 years of age, who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted between 1988 and 1994 and this was examined by Dr. Jongoh Kim and colleagues of Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to arrive at this view.
It was found by the researchers that wheezing was seen to be connected to a 2.6 times increase in the risk for heart disease, and in particular the connection was seen to be strongest among women younger than 50 years of age.
A possible explanation offered for this is that the frequent inflammation that allergies cause could be a reason for the thickening of artery walls and therefore heart disease. Also there could be a genetic predisposition to allergies as well as heart disease.