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Flu Shots Tied to Heart Benefits

Source: New York Times | Page: D6

By: Bakalar, Nicholas

10/29/2013

Flu vaccines provide benefits to people with heart disease, suggests a review of studies that included five randomized trials and more than 6,400 heart patients. Overall, there were 246 heart attacks and other major cardiovascular events, and 97 deaths from heart disease. For patients with stable heart disease, a flu shot decreased the relative risk for a cardiovascular event by 36 percent. A flu vaccination reduced the relative risk by 55 percent for people who had had a heart attack within the last year. The researchers concluded that a flu shot reduced the risk of death by 19 percent overall. The study, led by Dr. Jacob A. Udell, a cardiologist at the University of Toronto, is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.



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