April 22, 2015
Shingles Virus Linked to Heart Attacks and Strokes (How Scary is That?)
Ever had chickenpox?
As you may already know, the varicella zoster virus (VZV, also known as herpes zoster), is a herpes virus that normally causes chickenpox in childhood. The virus may re-activate to cause shingles in later life, and has been linked to a condition known as acute coronary syndrome (ACS).
This condition causes a decrease “in blood flow in the coronary arteries such that part of the heart muscle is unable to function properly or dies.” (2) In one study that tested the association between VZV and ACS, “the risk of ACS was significantly higher in the herpes zoster group than in the control group.” (3)
Another study showed that the VZV may be responsible for another, similar condition. That study showed that the virus increases the risk of transient ischemic attacks (TIA), which are a dysfunction in the brain caused by a loss of blood flow, for stroke, and for myocardial infarctions (MI, also known as heart attacks) (3). “Risk factors for vascular disease were significantly increased in cases of HZ (herpes zoster) compared with controls… (and)…TIA and MI were increased in cases whose HZ occurred when they were younger than 40 years (3).”
According to study authors, the bottom line is that “…conditions that predispose to vascular disease…are significantly more common in subjects with HZ (3).”
These are some scary facts. Almost everyone has had chickenpox, or has received the chickenpox vaccine. This means they were exposed to the virus, even if they never developed chickenpox symptoms. In other words, they have the virus living within them in a latent (semi – sleeping) state. It can wake up later and cause shingles…but it can also cause other, more dangerous changes in the body that lead to a deadly result.
What can an individual do?
Research suggests that there are some natural ingredients, that when combined, have a devestating effect on the herpes zoster virus.
Scientifically minded individuals can read a few studies on one such formula at the website for the medical journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy.
Those who prefer a more “down to earth” discussion of study findings in everyday language can read up on the study results at the website of the Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) here:
– TargetShingles.com Team