Monday, October 24, 2011

Hearth Trouble Linked to HPV?!!

A study of 2,450 women by Dr. Kenichi Fujise of University of Texas is making yet another claim against the highly talked about HPV. His study has produced findings that suggest women infected with HPV are two to three times more likely to have a heart attack or stoke.

Earlier we talked about how HPV is a known cause of cancer of the cervix, anus and throat. It can also cause cancer of the vulva and penis. While this study does not prove that HPV is linked to heart disease it shows a strong link between the two. The researcher suspect that HPV, with its ability to sabotage the P53 gene, could possibly lead to inflammation and thickening of the arterial walls.

Clearly, more research needs to be done to determine if this link between HPV and heart disease is really causative and also if it is causative in men as well. If it is, this would lead to ever more reason for more people (men and women) to get the HPV vaccine. It also might signal that a paradigm shift about the vaccine is needed as more health concerns become linked with this virus.

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--Elena Jordan

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