New study links shingles to stroke risk

October 8, 2009 5:39:12 PM PDT
A new study finds shingles are more than just a painful illness. It may also increase your risk of stroke.

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Shingles produces painful skin blisters and is caused by the re-activation of the chicken pox virus.

A study out of Taipei Medical University found those treated for shingles were 31 percent more likely to suffer a stroke.

The virus is thought to spread along nerve fibers to blood vessels where it induces inflammatory and blood clotting effects.

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