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Shingles Increase Stroke Risk! CAUTION!
Shingles and Stroke! Caution!
If you've had shingles* within the past year, you have an increased chance for stroke, especially if the shingles were located around your eyes.
In a controlled study, it was found that those who had shingles were 31% more likely to suffer a stroke within the year following the attack. Additionally, the chance of stroke was found to be dramatically higher in those who had shingles in the eye area.
* Shingles is a very painful rash that is caused by an infection from the same virus that causes chicken pox. This virus remains in the body after chicken pox, and later erupts to cause shingles. If you've had chicken pox, you may at sometime, get shingles!
Shingles and Stroke: The Study's Findings...
There was a 31% higher incidence of ischemic strokes, the most common type (normally caused by a blood clot), and a 2.79% higher incidence of hemorrhagic stroke (caused by ruptured blood vessel) in the shingles group*.
Dr. Daniel Lackland, professor of epidemiology and medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, states, "...to my knowledge this is the first study to link shingles very specifically with stroke,"
* Dr. Jiunn-Horng Kang, Neuroscience Research Center of Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taiwan, conducted the study. The results were published in the November, 2009 issue of Stroke.
If You've Had Shingles: Madam Aphrodite™ Says: Take Action!
If you've had shingles, take preventive measures because there's no known treatment to cut the risk of stroke if you've had shingles.
As Dr. Kang adds, "...patients who have a shingles attack should be aware of the risk of stroke, and intensive monitoring and management of pre-existing risk factors for stroke, such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia [raised lipid levels] and diabetes, should be emphasized."
So what are you waiting for? Call your doctor immediately if you've had a shingles attack and make an appointment. Take a copy of this article with you!
NOTE: There is now a shingles vaccine available. Health-care professionals advise everyone over 60 to get this vaccine!