Shingles may lead to a possible stroke in the future - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/8/09

Shingles may lead to a possible stroke in the future

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - People who have had shingles may be at greater risk for stroke.  A study published in the Journal Stroke finds adults treated for shingles have a 31% increased risk for stroke within a year of their illness. For patients whose infection is near the eye, the risk is four times greater. 

After studying about 30,000 people, researchers suspect the shingles virus attacks the walls of blood vessels, and it's that damage that may lead to a stroke.

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