Heart attack risk increases during flu: Study

Amsterdam: A new study suggests that people who are diagnosed with the cold virus have a higher risk of heart attack for up to a week after diagnosis.

According to experts, the risk of heart attack increases by six times in these seven days after being infected with the virus than a year ago and after.

Experts said that the results of the research illustrate the importance of the flu vaccination program as well as provide awareness about the symptoms of heart attack to physicians treating cold patients.

A team of Dutch researchers reviewed the results from 16 laboratories in the Netherlands and compared them to deaths and hospital records. Between 2008 and 2019, laboratories confirmed 26,221 cold cases.

In this group, 401 patients had a heart attack a year ago or after the period of the flu, while some of these patients had more than one heart attack. The total number of heart attacks was recorded at 419.

Of these 419 heart attacks, 25 occurred within seven days of diagnosis, 217 heart attacks occurred within one year before diagnosis and 177 occurred within one year after diagnosis (excluding seven days).

According to the study, 139 patients (35 percent) died within a year of being diagnosed with a cold due to heart attack or any other cause.

According to the researchers, the risk of heart attack was 6.16 times higher in people suffering from colds for one week after diagnosis. While the risk of heart attack increased by 2.42 times in the first week after removing the death record.


Author: DoctorMaryam.org

4th Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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