Tick-Borne Meat Sensitivity Linked to Heart Disease

June 14, 2018 by

Coleen McNamara and Tom Platts-MillsCIC Members,  Coleen McNamara and Tom Platts-Mills, have linked sensitivity to an allergen in red meat – a sensitivity spread by tick bites – with a buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries of the heart. This buildup may increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke.

The bite of the lone star tick can cause people to develop an allergic reaction to red meat. However, many people who do not exhibit symptoms of the allergy are still sensitive to the allergen found in meat. UVA’s new study linked sensitivity to the allergen with the increased plaque buildup, as measured by a blood test.

To read the UVA Newsroom article, click here…. 
To read their findings published in “Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology”, click here….