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Shingles is linked to increased risk of cardiovascular events

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 16 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6757
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A patient’s risk of stroke and myocardial infarction may increase in the six months after herpes zoster infection (shingles), research published in PLOS Medicine has shown.1

The self controlled case series analysis looked at 42 954 US Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 or older who had had a herpes zoster diagnosis and an ischaemic stroke, as …

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