Researchers found that the flu shot lowered the risk for a cardiovascular event by 36 percent and by 55 percent in those with a recent acute coronary syndrome, such as a heart attack or unstable angina, who got their shot within a year. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

It reconfirms that there are benefits to getting the flu vaccination especially in people who have recently had a cardiac event. This is so because it reduces the likelihood of their having some type of cardiovascular complication if they do develop the flu.

Flu-related inflammation may transform a stable plaque into an unstable plaque and cause a cardiac event.

Flu symptoms include coughing, low oxygen, low blood pressure, fast heart rate — or complications, such as pneumonia, may strain the heart and cause a cardiac event. These are some of the primary and secondary symptoms that are observed when flu is contacted.

Research shows that influenza epidemics are associated with a rise in deaths from heart disease. That flu can actually trigger the heart attacks that result in death. This calls for more intensive efforts to increase the vaccination rate in people at risk of coronary heart disease. This may be especially important in influenza epidemics; when we would expect to see high mortality among the elderly and those suffering from heart problems or who have multiple coronary risk factors.

Researchers believe that flu causes an acute and severe inflammation in the body which; in some patients, can destabilize atherosclerotic plaques in coronary arteries and cause heart attacks.


The study shows that flu is an important trigger of heart attacks because flu is a severe infection; with high incidence rates and is readily preventable. Therefore, results give a new tool for preventing heart attacks. If people can recognize that the flu vaccine has specific cardioprotective effects and vaccine cuts heart attack, then high-risk people will be more likely to make sure that they receive the influenza vaccine every year. It is always said that prevention is better than cure but the cases of heart attacks do not mostly lead to curable illness but death if immediate medical attention is not received.

All the major health organizations recommend that people with heart disease get the influenza vaccine. They also advise that taking this vaccine at the appropriate time can prevent and drastically reduce the cases of heart attacks from patients who have a history of cardiovascular related issues.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. People can reduce their risk of heart disease by eating healthily, exercising and stopping smoking. However, to date, there is no vaccine against heart disease. This is because there are various elements that can cause different heart-related diseases. Since its vaccine is not known, it is only appropriate to stop or reduce activities that stimulate them. The activities mentioned above do not only help the heart but also reduces the probability of having them.

Flu vaccines are known to have a protective effect against heart disease, reducing the risk of a heart attack. For the first time, this research reveals the molecular mechanism that underpins this phenomenon. The scientists behind the study say it could be harnessed to prevent heart disease directly.

Anyone with diabetes, asthma, and other severe or chronic health problems is at risk for pneumonia. However, in many cases, it can be prevented with vaccines against bacterial pneumonia and flu. Quitting smoking will definitely lower your risk of pneumonia.

The bacterial causing flu cannot be completely eradicated but it can be controlled with the use of vaccines. These vaccines form antibodies that help fight these bacteria whenever we come in contact with them. All it will take to stay flu safe is just an annual vaccine for influenza and you are safe from the problems associated with the flu. Also, possible heart attacks from people who have such tendencies. So why don’t you get a flu shot today?