Did you know that having flu increases your risk of having a heart attack? Find out what you can do to protect yourself…

According to the British Heart Foundation, a person is six times more likely to have a heart attack the week after having flu. This is compared to the year before or after the infection.

While we may be past the worse flu season – winter – it’s not unheard of to be infected with flu in spring or summer, especially if your immune system is low.

Why flu is worse in winter (and what we can do about it)

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What is the link between flu and a heart attack?

Having flu causes your body to release chemicals called cytokines. This increases the risk of blood clots, which limits blood supply to the heart and can cause an irregular heartbeat.

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