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The relationship between exposure to hepatitis B virus and increased atherosclerosis-associated diseases morbidity: a meta-analysis.

The relationship between exposure to hepatitis B virus and increased atherosclerosis-associated diseases morbidity: a meta-analysis.
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Li C, Liao S, Que J, Liu K, Wang H, Yu J,


Li C, Liao S, Que J, Liu K, Wang H, Yu J, (click to view)

Li C, Liao S, Que J, Liu K, Wang H, Yu J,

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Kardiologia polska 2017 08 23() doi 10.5603/KP.a2017.0165
Abstract
BACKGROUND AND AIM
The relationship between exposure to hepatitis B virus and atherosclerosis-associated diseases morbidity has not been clearly elucidated. We performed a meta-analysis to explore whether exposure to hepatitis B virus is a risk factor for atherosclerosis-associated diseases.

METHODS
We searched the PubMed, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, Embase, and Scopus databases for related studies. We then chose the eligible studies for meta-analysis and assessed quality assessment and risk of bias.

RESULTS
The meta-analysis of the included studies showed that exposure to hepatitis B virus increases atherosclerosis-associated diseases morbidity, but this increase was not statistically significant.

CONCLUSIONS
Hepatitis B virus may not be a risk factor for atherosclerosis-associated diseases, but further studies that employ more sensitive clinical parameters are needed to verify this result.

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