Post-Shingles Episode, Stroke Risk Increases
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In the months following a shingles episode, individuals may be at a greater risk of stroke compared to before contracting shingles. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a study of over 6,500 patients who had both shingles and arterial stroke between 1987–2012 found that rate of stroke was 63% greater during the first month following a shingles episode, 42% greater during the second and third months, and 23% greater during the fourth through sixth months). This is the first research to analyze the relationship between shingles and stroke based on temporal factors.
New evidence suggests that shingles, which can occur in individuals who previously had chicken pox (varicella), may be associated with an increased risk of stroke in the weeks to months following a shingles episode. Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analyzed ...
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