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Shingles? Guard Your Heart

December 23, 2015

Another study has linked shingles with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke (as well as other health events). It’s not the first, but this one did more to control for preexisting susceptibility. It’s good information for patients: when you get an outbreak of shingles, your risk of a heart attack and stroke (and […]

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Battling Shingles

August 17, 2015

Ever had chickenpox? Or a chicken pox or shingles vaccination? There’s a chance you could get shingles, a painful type of recurrence of the chickenpox virus (herpes zoster). First, how does it work? Herpes Zoster is in the same family as the herpes simplex virus (ie. cold sores and genital herpes)—it hangs out dormant for […]

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Having shingles, especially at a younger age, increases your risk of heart attack and stroke (about 50% more likely to have a heart attack, and 74% more likely to have a stroke). Shingles can occur in anyone who’s had the chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine. They are actually more common in people who’ve had the […]

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A couple dozen different things can turn your skin red and blotchy. Here’s part one of your guide to rashes: Is it red with a red ring around it? It might be Lyme Disease. The center of the ring is where the tick bit, and the ring indicates that the tick may have given you […]

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Usually, shingles symptoms affect the elderly, who are prone to suffer from a weakened immune system as they age. Younger people often only suffer from shingles symptoms when their immune system is weakened—by severe stress or another illness. Now asthma has been specifically tied to childhood cases of shingles—children with asthma are more than twice […]

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