Young adults with shingles more likely to suffer stroke later

Young adults with shingles more likely to suffer stroke later

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Young adults with shingles more likely to suffer stroke later

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Young adults who get shingles are more likely to suffer a stroke later in life.

Researchers at University College London studied more than 100,000 people who had shingles and found patients under age 40 were 74 percent more likely to have a stroke.

These young patients were also more likely to have a heart attack and mini-stroke, when compared to people without shingles.

Experts say people who have had this virus at a young age should be screened for stroke risk factors, like obesity and high cholesterol.

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