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Shingles and stroke risk

Shingles is a painful rash that affects adults. It is set off by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Shingles increases the chance of having a stroke over the next year, especially when the virus affects the area around the eyes. If you develop shingles, it's a good idea to pay extra attention to your blood pressure, cholesterol, and other risk factors for stroke. Better yet, talk with your doctor about being vaccinated against…

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