Risk of Heart Attacks and Stroke Doubled by Flu
The study revealed that 23,000 more people die of heart attack and stroke in winter than in summer. Of these, 11,000 suffered a heart attack and were twice as likely to have had a respiratory infection in the previous month.
Additionally, the 9,000 who had a stroke were twice as likely to be diagnosed with a respiratory infection during the prior three days. The researchers say that the post-flu risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke declined over time, and after three months there was only a slightly increased risk.
Co author of the study, Professor Tom Meade, says that heart attacks and strokes brought on by the flu could account for several thousand of winter deaths, and vaccinating against respiratory complaints could have a significant effect on lowering the number of victims.Disclaimer
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