Studies: Herpes zoster can trigger heart attack and stroke

Studies: Herpes zoster can trigger heart attack and stroke

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A herpes zoster can trigger a heart attack or stroke in the elderly. The greatest danger is in the first week of illness. This was the result of a recent study.

The study authors evaluated the data from 42,954 seniors over a period of five years. It was shown that the patients had an ischemic stroke 2.4 times more often in the first week after the onset of shingles.

The number of heart attacks was increased by a factor of 1.7. The risk gradually decreased in the following weeks, but was higher overall over a period of six months after the onset of the zoster. The effects were somewhat less pronounced in the elderly who were vaccinated against zoster disease. (pm)

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