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HPV virus could be linked to increased risk of heart disease

HPV virus could be linked to increased risk of heart disease

February 07, 2019 09:20 PM

New research links the HPV virus to yet another health risk.

These studies show certain strains of the virus may lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

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South Korean researchers studied women who did not have heart disease over a five-year period.

The women who were infected with a high risk strain of HPV were 22% more likely to develop heart disease.

The risk was even higher for women who were obese.

The virus has previously been linked to several types of cancer, including cervical.

In fact, it's the leading cause of cervical cancer.

Experts say more research is needed to see if getting the HPV vaccine would lower the heart disease risk.

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Aidan Bean

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