SIBO and Coronary Artery Disease
A 2018 article in the Journal of Digestive Diseases and Sciences found a possible link between SIBO and coronary artery disease (CAD). SIBO stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and occurs when bacteria overgrow in the small intestine causing inflammation and other problems. Coronary artery disease is the narrowing of the blood vessels in the heart due to buildup of plaques (atherosclerosis). Gut health in general can affect all other body systems, so it is not a stretch that SIBO may contribute to heart disease as well. The article suggests that patients who are diagnosed with SIBO and already have risk factors for CAD should be screened for CAD. Contact Arizona Natural Medicine to discuss whether testing for SIBO is right for you as part of your comprehensive assessment.