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Health Minute: Lyme and Heart Disease

(CNN) -- New information out this week suggests that ticks could be the culprit causing some serious heart issues in people.

(CNN) -- New information out this week suggests that ticks could be the culprit causing some serious heart issues in people. 

We all know ticks are nasty pests and what's even worse is that many of them carry diseases.  A new report from the Centers for Disease Control found that Lyme Disease, a condition transferred from deer ticks to humans may be causing heart problems in some people. 

According to the CDC's  weekly morbidity and mortality report, three people died of sudden cardiac death due to heart inflammation associated with Lyme Disease, over an eight month period between 2012 and 2013.

Although this condition is rare and deer ticks are mostly found in certain parts of the U.S., public health officials warn that if you've been outdoors in states north of the Carolinas or the upper mid-west.

If you start having symptoms such as heart palpitations, chest pain, light-headedness, fainting, or shortness of breath in addition to other symptoms of Lyme Disease like rash, body aches and fever, see your doctor and ask to be tested for Lyme Disease.

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