Most Shared

Weather Alert

Winter Weather Advisory

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for all of WNY through 7pm tonight.  Freezing drizzle mixed with some light snow at times will create slick spots on untreated surfaces. 

Health Matters

Health Matters

 
text size

Flu shot may help prevent heart attacks, strokes

Updated: Monday, December 2 2013, 04:56 AM EST

Rochester, N.Y. - Getting the flu shot this year may come with an added benefit.

Researchers say it won't just prevent you from getting the flu but can also keep your heart healthy.

A team of doctors in Toronto released findings from a recent study.

They tested about 6,000 patients and found that those who got the flu vaccine were not only protected from the flu virus but were also protected from heart attacks and strokes.

Results also showed that the vaccine reduced those risks by 55% for those who have had a history of heart problems.

The vaccine reduced the risk by 36% for those considered to be in good health.

“One of the theories is if you don't get infected with the flu, there's less inflammation in your body. Another thing is if you don't get the flu, there's less blood clotting and blood clots is what ultimately causes heart attacks and strokes,” URMC Chief Cardiologist Dr. Charlie Lowenstein said.

While doctors say these results are not definitive, they certainly suggest the importance of getting a flu shot.

Flu shot may help prevent heart attacks, strokes


Advertise with us!

Related Stories

Health Matters

  [ - ] Video Stories Only  [ - ] Text Stories Only  [ + ] Show All

ABC National Health News

 

Navigation

Elmwood Dental Group, P.C. - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Anthony L. Jordan Health Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Hart Hearing Centers - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Orthopaedic Associates of Rochester - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Westside Medical Supply - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
East House - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Tender Loving Family Care, Inc. - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Lakeview Eye Care/Better View Optical - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
University Medical Imaging - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Advertise with us!