14 Apr '18, 4pm

Flu increases the risk of heart attack

TORONTO: Influenza is already known to be deadly, but a new study suggests that the risk of heart attack is six times greater than normal while people are ill with the flu. "I was a little bit surprised by the strength of the association. It's not every day you see a six-fold increase in the risk during the first seven days of lab-confirmed influenza," chief author Dr Jeffrey Kwong told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. "We were also surprised the risk dropped off to nothing by Day 8 and beyond." He and his Canadian team also found that other respiratory diseases can also increase the chance of a heart attack, but not as nearly as dramatically. The group, reporting in The New England Journal of Medicine, did not examine whether flu-associated heart attacks are deadlier. The new study reinforces the importance of the flu vaccine and protective measures such as regula...

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