Latest studies show Shingles may also increase your risk of stroke, the preventive vaccine reduces the chance of getting the disease and, therefore, the risk of stroke especially among older adults. Shingles is a viral infection tied to heightened risk of stroke.
Shingles is a painful bout of rashes and blisters caused by the chickenpox virus, according to the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. If you’ve had chickenpox, you face a significant risk for eventually developing shingles.
The study will be presented next week at the annual American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2020 in Los Angeles. The vaccine Zostavax reduced the risk of both types of stroke — ischemic, caused by blood clots, and hemorrhagic, caused by bleeding.
Dr. Gregg Fonarow, director of the Ahmanson-University of California, Los Angeles Cardiomyopathy Center said, “This is a win-win for vaccination. Less shingles, less stroke.” Fonarow was not involved in the study.