Lyme Disease Can Be Fatal – Beware of Lyme Heart Attacks!

Lyme Disease Can Be Fatal – Beware of Lyme Heart Attacks!

If you ever experience the symptoms of a heart attack, go immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Never take chances with heart disease.

A Heart Attack may cause some or all of these symptoms:

  • Pain, pressure, fullness, discomfort or squeezing in the center of the chest
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Stabbing chest pain
  • Radiating pain to shoulder(s), neck, back, arm(s) or jaw
  • Pounding heartbeats (palpitations) or feeling extra heartbeats
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Nausea, vomiting or severe indigestion
  • Sweating for no apparent reason
  • Dizziness with weakness
  • Sudden extreme fatigue
  • Panic with feeling of impending doom

The pain is quite distinct.

One person has described it as: “a heavy, strangulating, suffocating experience-far more intense than anything like indigestion, chest wall injuries, pleurisy or spasms of the esophagus that you are familiar with.

The pain may seem to start under the breastbone, on the left side of the chest, and sometimes radiates out to other places: throat, neck, jaw, left shoulder and arm and, occasionally, on to the right side.

There are several different types of heart attacks but even “angina”, the mildest form of heart attack , is an intense, scary episode. But with rest and calm (or by placing nitroglycerin or another kind of nitrate under the tongue), angina attacks usually go away in about 15 minutes or so. If they last longer than that, go to the hospital and have a thorough check up. Long-lasting angina attacks may be the prelude to more severe heart attacks.

For more information on the symptoms of heart attacks go to:

I have the misfortune of suffering with Lyme myocarditis and I will tell you from experience that it is the most terrifying aspect of my disease.

The attacks come without warning, even in from the depths of deep sleep, and ER doctors look at me like a crazy person because I don’t show signs of typical heart disease.

Don’t take a chance with your heart!

Lyme disease can cause myocarditis, and heart muscle disease.

Lyme is a multisystem disorder that can attack any or every organ in the human body, causing unique infections from organ to organ. Unfortunately, absolute proof would require a biopsy of the infected tissue and the heart can only be studied after death.

However, recent studies using rhesus monkeys by Mario Phillip from Tulane University verify this unique phenomenon by demonstrating that the spirochetes change their genetic code by altering their proteins.

According to Pub Med, a study was conducted at the University of Austria in Vienna that verified Lyme disease as a cause of chronic heart muscle disease. Read about it here.

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  3. Jill Hanson says:

    This is the first acknowledgement of heart attacks caused by Lyme I have found. I also have myocarditis and am, frankly, very nervous as I am having many of the early symptoms of chest pains, racing heart, jaw pain even. I do not have insurance and have already had numerous tests done and all they said was that a section of my heart is inflamed, and that I likely just have anxiety. A year later, on a natural protocol, I am down to 3 co-infections from 5, but am still having the scary heart problems. Any further information about how to proceed would be so very helpful. I have 3 young children and don’t want to live in fear of heart attack. Thank you kindly for all your work for this cause.

    • Jenna Smith says:

      Hi Jill-

      I am so empathetic although my six children are grown, I now have 4 grandchildren…and although heart “experts” have insisted my heart is OK (other than some “perplexing” test results that could not be explained) – I have had some real heart attacks where my husband thought I was dying and several trips to ER but I stopped going because I don’t have typical heart disease and the hospitals do not test for Lyme as a cause of the symptoms.

      Congratulations on eliminating some co-infections, however, in my experience, the best thing you can do is find a very experienced Lyme MD to oversee your medications, nutrients to boost your immune system (which is a long process) and eliminate biofilms and parasites – 2 of the major hiding places (and breeding colonies) for Lyme. I prefer Banderol, Samento and Enula for accomplishing that, but there are many protocols, some work better or not at all depending on numerous conditions. (Check You Tube videos on Biofilms for more info and the Townsend Letter issue with Eva Sapi, PhD.

      I hope to get my books updated and finished soon but I have been really focused on my own recovery in desperation. I will not desert my readers though -feel free to email just please be patient if it takes me awhile to get back to you.


      • Ramona Owens says:

        Hi Jenna. My husband died in September this year from heart attack – heart blockage and he had an enlarged heart. He was bit by a tick in early 1980s and was not diagnosed and treated until 2005 with two week IV antibiotic therapy. After that one treatment

        • Jenna Smith says:

          I am so sorry Ramona! Did you ask for DNA testing on the blockage to determine if there is evidence of Borrelia? The information, if true would be very helpful to others and would most likely save lives!
          Blessings –

  4. Will says:

    I suffer this every minute of everyday nonstop chest pain and pressure, massive heart palpitations. It’s no way to live life so many er trips just to have doctors laugh at me and tell me I’m healthy as could be. Multiple Lyme doctors and no help at all, honestly waiting for an episode that finally kills me, better than the torture that is Lyme.

    • Jenna Seaver says:

      Hi Will –

      I have felt this way too, and know many others who have suffered the same as you and I…multiple trips to ER to be told we are healthy when WE ARE NOT. There are some cardiologists who take Borrelia seriously – the key is to find one.

      Keep treating the disease and you can recover. Living with good health is still possible – please don’t give up!



  5. Mary Austin says:

    Hello my is mary i suffer from Lyme Disease i have pain on my left side in my breast it is very scary i have pain all over my body i also have attacks of real bad pain in my ankles wrists hands knees i just had a attack that put me in the bed with servere pain the next morning my spine was sore i always have pain all over my body my feet hurt a lot feels restless my doctor acts like i am alright what should i do?

    • Jenna Seaver says:

      Hi Mary – Find a Lyme-literate doctor near you as soon as possible. This process can be frustrating as many doctors have not been trained properly to deal with Lyme. The diagnosis can be very difficult if you have had the disease for a long time. The sooner you catch it the better, and from experience I will tell you that antibiotics work best (and fastest) however you will need extra supplements to support immune system AND other treatment protocols to pulse and hit different areas. Also serrapeptase or samento&banderol are required to break down biofilms (which protect the bacteria from antibiotics), also, a parasite treatment is necessary as the spirochetes will drill into anything to hide from treatment. Another treatment that is effective and inexpensive is salt & vitamin C or even better but slightly more expensive is Himalayan salt and applepoly (see my website homepage for more info.)

      Best wishes,


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