Study shows the Flu can trigger a Heart Attack in Older Adults.


Study by Ontario researchers showing influenza can trigger a heart attack, especially in older adults, reinforces the importance of getting the flu shot.

The paper, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, on Jan. 25 found the risk of heart attack increased sixfold in the seven days after detection of lab-confirmed influenza.

“By showing that there is a link between influenza and heart attacks, some heart attacks could be preventable by people getting their flu shots,” says lead author Dr. Jeff Kwong, a scientist at Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

“If you really don’t want to have a heart attack this is one other thing you can do,” says Kwong.

Source: Toronto Star. Click here for rest of article.

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