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Study confirms flu raises heart attack risk

A bout of flu can raise people’s risk of a heart attack even days later, researchers reported Wednesday. The Canadian study confirms what doctors have long suspected: the influenza virus kills both directly and indirectly, and it has serious effects on the heart. People who caught flu in Canada between 2009 and 2014 had a six-fold higher risk of suffering a heart attack in the seven days after they were diagnosed, the team at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Public Health Ontario reported. advertisement ...