Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

Herpes zoster enhances risk of stroke and myocardial infarction

Herpes Zoster Increases the Risk of Stroke and Myocardial Infarction

Literature - Kim M, Yun S, Lee HB, et al. - JACC 2017;70:295-296

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Herpes zoster significantly increased the risk of stroke and MI in all age groups after adjusting for possible confounding factors in a large population cohort. Risks were especially high in the younger who have fewer risk factors for atherosclerosis. Moreover, there was a temporal link between herpes zoster and the development of stroke and MI.

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