Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephenLurieMD PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: The possible association of
infection and atherosclerosis remains controversial. It is extremely difficult
to retrospectively assume that an effect seen with an antibiotic is secondary
to "treating" a specific organism as implied in the article by Meier and colleagues.1 This is especially true for C pneumoniae, for which the data on treatment are extremely limited
and are further complicated by the lack of standardized diagnostic methods.
Hammerschlag MR. Antibiotic Use and Risk of Myocardial Infarction. JAMA. 1999;282(21):1997-1999. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-21-jbk1201