Common Cold and the Flu Can Trigger a Heart Attack

Volume 7    |    Issue 47

Dennis died of a heart attack, but he thought he just had the flu. The same thing happened to Steve. He went to the pharmacy to pick up some medications for the flu. When he asked the pharmacist what he should get, the pharmacist asked his symptoms and then told Steve to get to the emergency room immediately. He was having a heart attack.

When these two friends passed away, it was shocking. After all, they just had the flu. Why would that lead to a heart attack? Well, it's more common than you might think.

New research out of Australia says the flu and pneumonia increase your risk of having a heart attack by 17 times. They also found that the risk is highest within seven days of having any respiratory infection. However, the risk remains high for as long as a month after the infection.

While I've seen this connection for years, this is the first study to confirm a direct correlation between respiratory infections (such as pneumonia, influenza, and bronchitis) and increased risk of heart attack. The researchers in this study confirmed the connection by coronary angiography. This is a special X-ray that detects heart artery blockages.

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What's scary is that even a mild respiratory infection, such as a cold, pharyngitis, rhinitis, and sinusitis can increase risk as well. It's not as high, but it still increases your risk by 13 times. That's a substantial increase in risk from a mild respiratory illness. And these infections are far more common than the more severe illnesses.

But why would a respiratory infection increase your risk of having a heart attack? One of the authors of the study said, "Possible reasons for why respiratory infection may trigger a heart attack include an increased tendency toward blood clotting, inflammation and toxins damaging blood vessels, and changes in blood flow." That's extremely helpful, as it tells us exactly how to prevent the problem in the first place.

To prevent clotting and changes in your blood flow, simply take Circutol, which contains nattokinase and other nutrients that help your circulatory system. To reduce inflammation, take an anti-inflammatory supplement such as Reduloxin. And to keep the infections away in the first place, take plenty of Vitamin D3. And if you do develop an infection, you can take extra Reduloxin and vitamin C at the first sign of symptoms to help battle the infection.

And if you know you're showing signs of a heart attack, take some buffered aspirin to help stop the attack and call 911 (if you're not sure, go to the emergency room). The aspirin is buffered with magnesium, which could save your life. If you don't have buffered aspirin, take some magnesium (up to 1,000 mg).

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