Research has shown that women infected with human papillomavirus virus (HPV) may have a higher risk for heart disease. HPV is transmitted easily through sexual activity and be a major risk factor for cervical cancer trigger that affects 80 percent of women at the age of 50 years, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) United States.
Large studies conducted on nearly 2,500 women and published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that women exposed to HPV risk two-fold higher heart attack or stroke than those who do not. “What makes it so powerful is that women are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, even if they do not have risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol or obesity. The virus itself seems to increase their risk,” said Dr. Holly Phillips.
However, Phillips stressed that this study does not necessarily explain the direct relationship between HPV and cardiovascular disease. “We can not say directly that the virus as a cause of heart attacks. But we can see the connection,” said Phillips.
He added that the only way to ensure that a person is not exposed to HPV is to abstain from sex completely.
“Condoms can help, but not 100 percent effective. While the vaccine could help. Whatever we can do to prevent heart disease. One in four people will die from this disease. So, we have to do a variety of ways to keep the heart healthy.” he saidMore….