Study: People with influenza are more at risk of heart attacks

Posted by Rania Amer

Saturday, April 15, 2023 06:00 AM

A recent study revealed that the risk of infection with BHeart attacks It doubles after infection with influenza, and that those who contract influenza are more likely to suffer heart attacks for a week after being diagnosed with the virus, and a team of Dutch researchers confirmed during their research that the risk could be six times higher in the seven days after infection with the virus. This is according to what was published by the Independent website.

The researchers stressed the importance of the influenza vaccination program, as well as awareness of heart attack symptoms among physicians who treat influenza patients.

The results of the study, which was conducted on 26,221 cases of influenza, showed that 401 patients had a heart attack after infection with the flu, and some of them suffered more than one heart attack, which makes the number of heart attack infections increase, especially in the first week of the virus.

The researchers believed that a combination of the body’s response to the influenza virus and the virus’s ability to make blood more “sticky” could be behind this link.

In the same context, Dr. Anamarine de Boer, from the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and the main author of the study, said that the potential effects on public health of the association between influenza virus infection and acute heart attacks, and that the results of the research confirm the need to prevent influenza infection by vaccination.

Dr Sonia Babu Narayan, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “The latest preliminary data from the Netherlands is in line with what we know, which is that heart attacks can happen more often during or after a flu infection.

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