Clinical Trends for August 2017

Ryan Syrek


September 01, 2017

Clinical Trend of the Week (August 12-18): Herpes Zoster

New information clarifying the risk for serious cardiovascular events associated with a dermatologic condition is responsible for this week's top search term. A recent study found that newly diagnosed herpes zoster significantly increased the risk for stroke and myocardial infarction (MI) during the first year after infection. Most notably, the increased risk was especially pronounced in individuals younger than 40 years. Prior studies had also noted an increased risk of cardiovascular events following herpes zoster infection, but this study attempted to control confounding factors. Further information is needed regarding the potential for herpes zoster vaccination to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and to clarify the subgroup of stroke and MI that is associated with varicella-zoster virus.

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