Flu May Increase Risk of Heart Attack

by Jodee on September 23, 2009

Here’s another reason why getting your flu shot is a good idea: Contracting influenza increases your risk of suffering a heart attack. During the flu season, the rate of heart attacks jumps up between 35-50 percent.

Now that countries are taking the threat of H1N1 swine flu seriously (and they should), people who have heart disease should make sure that they get their flu shot once it becomes available.

If British statistics are anything to go by, most people who are living with chronic heart disease don’t get a flu shot. In that country, only 47 percent of people who have this disorder, diabetes, or asthma actually got their shot.

When the H1N1 flu shot becomes available in your area, go and get it. You may think it’s too much trouble or too time-consuming, but your health needs to be a priority.

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