12 Strange Heart Disease Risk Factors That May Surprise You

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Having Shingles

Shingles is unpleasant enough, but the illness—which can develop in folks who had the chicken pox as a child—also increases your chances of heart complications.

Those who get the itchy, scabby ailment are 41 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event, according to a 2017 study from South Korea published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study also found that those with shingles had a 59 percent increased risk for heart attack.

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