Did You Know that Getting a Flu Shot Can Also Lower Your Risk for Heart Attack?

Flu Shot Lower Heart Disease RiskRecent research published in JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association,  indicate that the influenza vaccine may reduce the risk of a heart attack by as much as 50% for those individuals who have already had a heart attack.  Current guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend everyone over 6 months of age receive the flu shot.

The AHA especially recommends that patients with heart disease or stroke receive the flu vaccine on an annual basis. It is not known how the flu vaccine protects the heart but it does decrease your risk of contracting the flu.  It is hypothesized that contracting the flu can increase systemic inflammation that could aggravate unstable plaques in the heart arteries.  If the unstable plaque is dislodged this could lead to a heart attack.

Regardless of whether you have heart disease or not, it is important to get your flu shot every year. And if you’ve already a experienced a heart attack, getting your flu shot may just save your life!

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About the Emory Women’s Heart Center
Emory Women’s Heart Center is a unique program dedicated to screening, preventing and treating heart disease in women. The Center, led by nationally renowned cardiologist Gina Lundberg, MD provides comprehensive cardiac risk assessment and screenings for patients at risk for heart disease as well as full range of treatment options for women already diagnosed with heart disease care.

Find out if you are at risk for heart disease by scheduling your comprehensive cardiac screening. Call 404-778-7777.

About Dr. Cutchins
Dr. Alexis Cutchins specializes in heart disease in women, general cardiology, heart disease prevention.  She has a  passion for caring for women with heart disease and is the Director of the Emory University Hospital Midtown Emory Women’s Heart Center.   She sees patients at Emory Heart & Vascular Center at Perimeter – 875 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30342 as well as at Emory Heart & Vascular Center at Midtown, 550 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

 

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