Could your heart be infected… with herpes?

It’s one of the most common viruses on the planet… one that someone in your household likely has right now.

It might be you – and you might not even know it.

The cytomegalovirus is what we call a slow-burner. It sits in the background and doesn’t do much in many cases.

Or so we’ve thought.

Now, the latest research reveals how this common virus might be doing something after all, even if you don’t know you have it.

What it’s doing could hurt you – and in some cases, it could even be trying to KILL you.

This virus… so quietly sitting in the background… could be secretly damaging you from the inside.

An infection with CMV, as it’s known, can trigger a certain type of immune system cell, which in turn can cause collateral damage in one of the most important parts of your body.

These cells can damage the critical arteries closest to your heart.

The result? People with a CMV infection are 20 percent more likely to die of heart problems, according to the new study.

CMV is part of the herpes family, which includes the viruses responsible for chicken pox, shingles, genital herpes, cold sores, mononucleosis, and more. All of them are known to stay dormant for long periods.

Like those others, CMV poses its biggest risk when your immune system is worn down.

That’s when it wakes up and can trigger everything from mild infections such as fever, sore throat, and chills to more serious problems of hepatitis, pneumonia, and encephalitis.

You might think that there’s not much you can do about these risks.

If you have the virus, you have the virus – and it’s there for life. Even when there is no sign of an outbreak, the virus is biding its time, waiting to strike.

But while there’s no cure for this virus, there is a way to switch it off so that it stays dormant as long as possible – and odds are, the longer it’s dormant, the less of the other risks you’ll face, including the heart problems found in the new study.

Keep your immune system in fighting shape with good sleep, good diet, and nutrients such as vitamin C.

In addition, this whole family of viruses can often be kept under control with the help of the detoxifying amino acid L-lysine. You can find it legumes, fish, and poultry -- all of which should be part of your diet already.

And if they’re not, it’s time to make sure they are.