A joint research team led by Associate Professor Kim Sung-han of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Associate Professor Yoon Sung-cheol of the Department of Medical Statistics, and Professor Kwon Sun-uck of the Department of Neurology has analyzed the study group of 23,233 shingles patients registered in database of the National Health Insurance Corporation and the control group of the same number of patients without shingles between 2003 and 2013. As a result, it was found that shingles patients are more likely to have heart diseases by 1.41 times, a stroke by 1.35 times, and myocardial infraction by 1.59 times. In particular, a risk of having a stroke in shingles patients under the age of 40 is higher than the control group by 3.74 times.
The correlation between shingles and cardio-cerebrovascular diseases was most noticeable in the first year when shingles develops and gradually decreasing over time. Moreover, shingles were closely related to hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, angina, peripheral vascular diseases, rheumatism, and malign tumors as well as cardio-cerebrovascular diseases.