Large study confirms sixfold increase in heart attack risk

More evidence to support flu vaccination for at-risk patients

A bad case of the flu can cause a sixfold increase in the risk of a patient having a heart attack within a week, according to a study involving 20,000 people with laboratory-confirmed influenza.

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The six-year Canadian study confirms the link between influenza and other respiratory infections, as well as acute MI.

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the findings support international guidelines that advocate for at-risk patients and those over 65 to be vaccinated to protect against ischaemic coronary events