Studies now suggest that a certain type herpes can lead to a higher risk of angina, which is a form of pain in the chest. If fact, this form of herpes is so new that most people have probably never heard of it- the herpes in the DNA.
There is a certain type of herpes that embed into the egg or sperm of a person from certain other diseases, such as roseola, a type of disease that mostly affect children. When the egg or sperm that is affected by the virus is conceived, the zygote formed with it will have a copy of the herpes virus in all the cells that it is made of- in other words, the herpes virus literally becomes a part of the new baby.
So how does this affect the new baby? Studies have yet to discover anything drastic. However, research shows that about 1% of the population of America has the herpes virus embedded into their DNA. Such a form of herpes is not curable, of course, as the virus is latched onto the DNA of every cell in the body, however, a close monitoring of cardiovascular health should keep be able to keep the effects of the virus in check and allow the person to lead a healthy life.
It is not very difficult to find out if a person is affected by such kind of herpes. The test is quiet simple, and many researchers suggest that this can be included in the set of tests that every newborn baby has to take.
Of course, the question that must be in everyone’s mind is how any of this is related to angina. Angina is the chest pain that occurs when someone’s blood capillaries are blocked, and this usually occurs before a heart attack. Three million people are affected by angina every year in the United States alone. Research conducted in Canada show that people affected by the herpes in their DNA have three times more risk of suffering from angina than the average person when they are in their 40s. However, taking preventative measures and leading a healthy life can lessen the odds of this happening.
There, of course, lies the question on how the two diseases are related. According to Canadian researcher Louis Flammand, the virus in the body might be responsible for destroying the linings of the arteries and thus hindering the flow of blood around the body. When there is a blockage of blood flow, or when the blood cannot pass the smaller capillaries properly, pressure from the incoming and blocked blood builds up, with leads to the pain in the chest which we call angina.
However much studies have come up with theories, these are not absolute results and studies are still ongoing on the matter to prove anything properly. Many other researchers argue that including a herpes DNA check is not worthwhile since so few of the population are affected, and the other results of having herpes in the DNA are still unknown. To conclude, studies are still being conducted to understand the matter in better light and see how it affects our bodies, and what we can do to prevent any bad effects.