Catching The Flu Can Increase Your Risk Of Heart Attack, Study Shows

Catching The Flu Can Increase Your Risk Of Heart Attack, Study Shows

August 28, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


FINDS THAT CATCHING THE FLU INCREASES YOUR CHANCE OF HAVING A HEART ATTACK! CBS 2’S DR. MAX GOMEZ EXPLAINS. Reporter: RONALD GOT HIS FIRST FLU SHOT EVER THIS YEAR. THE 69-YEAR-OLD WITH HEART DISEASE HAS HAD TWO HEART ATTACKS IN THE PAST. I’M ALWAYS SAYING NAH, I DON’T WANT A FLU SHOT. SOMETHING HIT ME AND I DECIDE TO TO DO IT. Reporter: A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS HIS DECISION COULD HELP KEEP HIS HEART HEALTHY. THE RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FINDS THAT THE CHANCES OF HAVING A HEART ATTACK INCREASE 6 FOLD DURING THE FIRST SIX DAYS AFTER FLU INFECTION. THE BODY GOES THROUGH STRESS AND BLOOD VESSELS SPASM, BLOOD GETS MORE THICKER. Reporter: RESEARCHERS LOOKED AT 20,000 ADULTS IN CANADA AND FOUND THE RISK MAY BE HIGHER FOR OLDER ADULTS. PATIENTS WITH INFLUENZA B INFECTIONS AND PATIENTS WHO HAVE NEVER HAD A HEART ATTACK. DR. DANE OF UCLA HEALTH SAYS THE FINDINGS MAGNIFY THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING VACCINATED AND TAKING PRECAUTIONS LIKE WASHING YOUR HANDS AND STAYING HOME AT LEAST 24 HOURS AFTER A FEVER SUBSIDES. THIS SEASON IN PARTICULAR HAS BEEN DEVASTATING FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE HAD HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, ASTHMA, BECAUSE WHEN THEY HAVE HAD THE FLU, THEIR RISK OF HAVING RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS INCLUDING DEATH HAS BEEN VERY HIGH. Reporter: RONALD IS GLAD HE GOT A FLU SHOT. PEOPLE ARE DYING OUT THERE AND I DON’T EVEN HAVE A TICKLE IN MY THROAT. HE SAYS HE PLANS TO GET VACCINATED EVERY YEAR FROM NOW ON. FLU ALSO TRIGGERS INFLAMMATION AND LEADS TO PNEUMONIA BOTH OF WHICH PUT STRAIN ON THE HEART. SO IN ADDITION TO FREQUENT HANDWASHING AND AVOIDING CROWDS, WHERE INFECTED SNEEZERS AND CATCH UPPERS MIGHT BE PRESENT, IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO GET A FLU SHOT. IF YOU GET THE FLU AND ESPECIALLY IN THE FIRST WEEK OR SO, BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ANY KIND OF HEART SYMPTOMS ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE HAD ANY HISTORY OF HEART DISEASE. CAN YOU GET IT TWICE IN ONE SEASON? IF YOU ARE UNLUCKY, YES. THANK YOU. BE CAREFUL WHO YOU ARE ARNOLD.