Kardiologia polska 2017 08 23() doi 10.5603/KP.a2017.0165
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.
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.
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.
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.