The Link Between Cold and Flu and Heart Attacks: Prevention Tips from Medical Experts

It’s very hard to avoid getting sick when all around you people are cold, coughing and sneezing all in one, but that’s why you have to be even more careful.

Dr. Elizabeth Hamilton, a primary care physician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Maryland, believes that now that the flu can cause a heart attack, it’s even more important to take precautions to avoid catching a cold. writes

She makes reference to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, according to which: “The risk of having a heart attack is higher in adults who have the flu or other respiratory infections.”

The study was conducted by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in collaboration with Public Health Ontario (PHO) and followed 20,000 Ontario adults between 2009 and 2014.

Of these, 332 were admitted to the hospital due to a heart attack only one year after the diagnosis of the flu, because when you are sick the body is subjected to a lot of stress, and if you previously suffered from other cardiovascular diseases, problems respiratory, asthma or emphysema, the risk increases, as the immune system was already weakened.

Dr. Jeff Kwong, lead researcher on another similar study said: “Those at increased risk of heart attack should take extra precautions to prevent respiratory infections as well as the flu or the common cold, including getting flu shots, but also washing your hands frequently, without touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

In addition, extra care must be taken if the person is a smoker, overweight, has high blood pressure or high cholesterol”, quotes

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2023-06-02 21:09:05
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