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June 11, 2014

From JAMA’s Daily News Site

JAMA. 2014;311(22):2263. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.6495

New evidence suggests that in the weeks to months following a shingles episode, patients may have an increased risk of stroke.

When researchers looked at the time at which strokes occurred in relation to shingles episodes, they found that the rate of stroke was significantly higher during the first 6 months following a shingles episode compared with before an episode. The risk was approximately 63% higher during the first month, 42% higher during the second and third months, and 23% higher during the fourth through sixth months.