Researchers from the University of Toronto published a pioneering study linking heart attacks and influenza at the beginning of the year.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Kwong and his colleagues, about 20,000 people who have been confirmed to have flu.
The team found that the risk of infarction increased by 600% during the week of influenza infection, with flu also increasing the risk of respiratory infections.
Researchers said their discovery of a high risk of heart attacks is a challenge for them and healthcare workers in the treatment of patients with heart disease.
Scientists have noted that there is a simple solution that can protect the heart, which is a flu vaccine that will give the vaccine a "dose of protective heart".
In the same vein, researchers from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and Disease Examination in Taiwan conducted a medical examination of 80,000 elderly patients for 13 years. The study found that annual flu vaccination reduces the risk of heart attack by 20% and provides similar protection against stroke.
The influenza vaccine not only reduces the risk of heart attack but also protects patients already suffering from heart disease, according to a study by the George Institute of World Health at Oxford University, by examining health records of 59,000 heart failure patients.
Researchers found that patients receiving influenza vaccines had a 27 percent lower chance of complications of heart failure.
Unlike most vaccines targeting one type of infection, there are many strains or types of influenza. Every year, scientists predict a more common type and recommend annual vaccination against this strain.
Uncertainty about the common type of influenza means that the vaccine is not always very effective. The annual flu vaccine is between 50% and 70% on average.
Interestingly, although influenza vaccines are not 100% effective against the virus, they still provide protection against heart disease.
Influenza vaccine infecting information is increasingly causing people to avoid vaccines and constantly question its efficacy and health value, Kwong and colleagues say.
Since it is a flu season, it is beneficial to get a vaccine to maintain public health and heart health, Dr. Kwong.
Source: Daily Mail