A new study by UTMB Drs. Hsu-Ko Kuo and Ken Fujise appearing in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests an association. It looked at 2,450 women between the ages of 20 and 59 and found 60 who reported being told by a physician they’d suffered a heart attack or stroke. Of those, 39 had HPV and 21 did not.
After adjusting for diabetes, smoking habits and other risk factors that influence heart-disease risk, the researchers concluded the odds of developing cardiovascular disease were 2.86 times higher in women who had the types of HPV associated with cancer compared to those who weren’t infected by the virus at all.
The study’s findings are receiving widespread coverage, appearing in The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, USA Today, MSN, WebMD, U.S. News & World Report, CBS News, MSNBC and many other news outlets.
Dr. Ken Fujise serves as Director of Division of Cardiology at UTMB. He sees patients in the Surgical Specialty Care Clinics at Victory Lakes. To schedule a Cardiology Appointment please call 832-505-1800.