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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Human papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted disease and certain strains can lead to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine has helped prevent that in many cases.

Now there is newly released information saying that women who have the cancer causing strains of HPV could be at increased risk for heart disease. The report is from the University of Texas.

Nearly 2,500 women were studied. Even in women who had no other risk factors for the disease there was the increased potential problem.

Obviously more research is necessary but they are saying at this point that women who have HPV should be screened for the potential for heart disease. There are also those who are saying the HPV vaccine could theoretically prevent heart disease.

Reported by Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio 1060

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