Flu May Be Linked to Heart Attack

High cholesterol and blood pressure are known risk factors for heart attack.

However, a new study shows another important risk factor has been under the radar the flu.

Researchers studied autopsy reports from St. Petersburg, Russia they used this population because only a minority of residents there get a flu vaccine or take anti-cholesterol drugs.

They found during peak flu season the chance of dying from a heart attack or heart disease went up by a third.

Researchers say the flu can increase inflammation in the body which may lead to a heart attack.

People with chronic medical conditions like heart disease are already considered "high-risk" by the CDC and should get a flu shot every year.

It could prove to be a medical breakthrough in the fight against diabetes.


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