Dutch researchers found in a study that a person could be six times more likely to have a heart attack in the week after being diagnosed with the flu. The researchers say this study highlights the importance of flu patients and their care needs.
Influenza and heart attack
People hospitalized due to heart attacks were included to learn about the relationship between flu and heart attack. For this, attention was paid to the data of lab testing. Data on more than 26,000 confirmed cases of influenza were obtained by laboratories between 2008-2019. The researchers found that 401 of these individuals had at least one heart attack within a year of their flu diagnosis. 25 heart attack cases were reported in the first seven days after a flu diagnosis.
Blood clotting problems due to flu
Of the 401 patients, nearly a third died of some form of heart disease within a year of being diagnosed with the flu. The researchers based their findings on the study that influenza virus infection causes an increase in blood clotting. Apart from this, it is natural to have inflammation due to the body’s immune response in case of infection. Blood clots and inflammatory conditions can damage the vessels that supply blood to the heart, increasing the risk of a heart attack.
Stay safe from flu
Currently, this study has not been peer-reviewed and is to be presented in the meeting to be held on 18 April. Based on the findings of the study, health experts say that influenza infection also needs serious attention. It is necessary to wear a mask and take care of hand hygiene for protection. Annual flu vaccination can also be helpful in protecting against such diseases and the side effects they cause.
Note: This article has been prepared on the basis of medical reports and suggestions of health experts.
Disclaimer: The advice and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.