NEW YORK – Researchers from the University of Toronto have published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that links heart infections with influenza and shows that flu injection can produce many benefits that could be used to prevent "dead" heart attacks.
The study, conducted by Jeffrey Kwong and colleagues, examined about 20,000 patients with influenza.
They found that the risk of a heart attack increases by 600 percent within a week of influenza infection, while the risk goes up with other respiratory infections, which are multiplied when they get the flu.
Scientists have discovered that the flu exposed the risk of a heart attack.
What can be done to protect the heart? It turned out that something as simple as a flu shot can act as an integrated "heart."
In another study, researchers from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and Examination of Diseases in Taiwan examined the medical records of 80,000 seniors over the age of 13.
The study found that annual vaccination against influenza reduced the risk of a heart attack by 20 percent and provided similar protection against strokes.
Not only does injection reduce the risk of heart attacks, it also protects patients who already suffer from heart disease before contracting the flu.