Respiratory infection 'ups MI risk 17-fold'
Australian researchers have reported some of the strongest evidence to date linking respiratory infection with a transient increased risk of MI.
The study shows those with cold and flu symptoms have a 17-fold higher risk of MI over the following seven days, although the risk remains somewhat elevated for one month.
The research of nearly 600 patients admitted over two years to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital's angioplasty unit examined reports of recent respiratory infection.
It is the first study showing an association