Which are health risks increased with herpes zoster (shingles)?

Updated: Mar 17, 2020
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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A 2017 propensity score–matched analysis indicates that newly diagnosed herpes zoster significantly raises the risk of myocardial infarction and stroke. [55, 56] Results showed a 41% increased risk of composite cardiovascular events. Antiviral treatment and vaccination may decrease risks, but further research is needed. Rationing of health care so that there is an 80-year upper age limit on vaccinations enhances the burden of disease. [57]


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