American Heart Association urges citizens to take precautionary steps
Sacramento, CA Frostbite and icy falls aren’t the only dangers of winter weather.
It’s also a time when you should take care to protect your heart, especially if you have heart disease. Following are a few tips from the American Heart Association:
Cardiovascular Disease and the Flu
Every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about 36,000 people die from influenza (flu) and more than 200,000 are hospitalized due to complications from it. In addition, scientific studies have shown that death from the flu is more common among people with cardiovascular disease than any other chronic condition.
While heart patients are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as flu shots are available, they should not be deterred if they did not get one early in the season. You can still benefit by getting the shot as late as December or even January, because the flu season often lasts well into March.
“Heart patients need to be as vigilant about preventing flu as they are about managing their cholesterol and blood pressure,” said Dr. Diane Sobkowicz, an American Heart Association spokesperson. “Getting a flu shot is an important way for people with heart disease to lower their risk.”