A nasty bout of influenza may cause you to be more vulnerable to heart problems. Be sure to get vaccinated against this serious infection every year – ideally in September.
Of all the things you can do to help your heart, getting a flu vaccine may be one of the easiest. This recommended ritual is a quick and almost painless. But only about half of adults ages 50 and older.
Avoiding the flu is especially important for people who are at risk for heart disease, says cardiologist Dr. Scott Solomon, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. "There is growing evidence linking influenza with both heart attacks and heart failure," he says.
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