Heart Disease Linked to HPV?

Research conducted at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston indicated the human papilloma virus could contribute to heart disease. (It is already known to play a role in the development of various cancers.) According to the study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, women with HPV are two to three times more likely to also have a stroke or heart attack, than women who don’t have HPV.

“This has important clinical implications. First, the HPV vaccine may also help prevent heart disease. Second, physicians should monitor patients with cancer-associated HPV to prevent heart attack and stroke, as well as HPV patients already diagnosed with [cardiovascular disease] to avoid future cardiovascular events,” said the study’s author. (Source: USAToday) He also said the study does not yet prove a cause and effect relationship. (More research will be required to explore the link.)

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, so the implications of the research linking it with heart disease are potentially very significant. About half of sexually active adults in America have HPV, and that number increases with age to the point where 80% of women at the age of fifty might have the virus.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control it cost over $300 billion dollars in the year 2010 for treatment, medications and lost productivity. (In 2006, over 630,000 Americans died from heart disease.)

Another HPV-related research study was reported about this month, but it focused on the association between oral sex and throat cancer.

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28 comments

Nimue Pendragon

Interesting.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago

maybe, or maybe it just serves to market the vaccine

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V4 years ago

thanks

Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies4 years ago

Thanks needs following up

Robert O.
Robert O4 years ago

Thanks.

KS Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago

ty

Jane Barton
Jane Barton4 years ago

"About" 65 women have died from the vaccine or is it more like NONE? I don't trust the FDA or big Pharma but vaccines save MILLIONS of lives and they have stamped out horrible diseases.
There are always a very tiny amount of adverse reactions to vaccines but NOTHING like
the death pills big Pharma advertises on TV. All the crap they sell on TV is what's really killing
people, by the thousands.

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T4 years ago

Thanks for this information..

Robert P.
Robert P4 years ago

More research probably done by or paid for by the drug companies twisting the results to sell more killer gardasil vaccines. Did they mention that about 65 women have died from the vaccine and large numbers have had very serious side effects witrh no proof that it is even slightly effective. Research like this is always suspect.especialy when they do not come clean about the severe side effects and do not tell you who paid for the research. If you think the drug companies or the FDA care about you pay attention to the horrible side effects they admit to and the lawsuits against the drugs that have seriously injured or killed people. The proof is plain as day.