Shingles a trigger for stroke and MI

A bout of shingles is not only potentially painful but may also increase a person's risk of stroke and myocardial infarction, according to Korean researchers.

They say their findings have significant implications for public health because some cases of stroke and MI caused by the herpes zoster virus might be potentially preventable with antiviral agents and vaccination.

Using a propensity score-matched analysis, the researchers evaluated 23,213 cases of herpes zoster with uninfected individuals.

Patients with shingles were more likely to be female.

The authors demonstrate that herpes zoster