Women With HPV, At Risk for Heart Attack

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Heart attack is usually associated with multiple factors which can predispose a person from having this condition. Some of these factors include poor nutrition, unhealthy lifestyle and stressful working conditions. However, a lot of studies are still being conducted to discover other factors which can cause the series of heart attacks in order to formulate extensive measures in dealing with this heart problem. Today, a new report put a link on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the occurrence of heart attack among women.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a microorganism known to cause cervical cancer for females and other malignancies for the males such as anal cancer. HPV vaccine for the four (4) strains of HPV are now available in the market to prevent the spread of the virus, and help the general population improve the quality of life they have.

The National Institutes of Health said that “Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are common viruses that can cause warts. There are more than 100 types of HPV. Most are harmless, but about 30 types put you at risk for cancer. These types affect the genitals and you get them through sexual contact with an infected partner. They are classified as either low-risk or high-risk. Low-risk HPV can cause genital warts. High-risk HPV can lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, and anus in women. In men, it can lead to cancers of the anus and penis.”

According to the new study, women who are infected with HPV infections are more at risk of developing heart attack. This link has been established after Dr. Hsu-Ko Kuo and Dr. Ken Fujise from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, analyzed and examined the data from the national health survey. The study includes women who age between 20 and 59 years. The study participants were nearly about 2,500 women. These women underwent vaginal swabs to screen for HPV and informed the researchers if they have experienced heart attack or stroke.

The researchers found out that out of the 60 women who reported that they have experienced heart attack or have a history of heart disease, 21 of them have no HPV infections and about 39 women were positive for having HPV infection. Furthermore, women who were diagnosed positive for HPV infections were about 47 per cent of the total study participants.

Also, in order to have a more accurate finding, the researchers have taken into account other factors that might skew the results. They accounted other risks such as smoking, drinking, and lifestyle of the study participant.

The findings of the study reveal that those women who have HPV infections are twice more at risk of having heart attack or stroke. Furthermore, the results were breakdown to only those HPV strains that can cause cancer, which showed that women who have this cancer-causing HPV strains are of increase risk of having cardiovascular diseases.

Moreover, although the link between HPV infections and heart attack was still unclear, researchers say that having oneself vaccinated with HPV vaccination could be of great help in order to prevent these infections as well as other cardiovascular diseases.



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