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How a simple cold could give you a heart attack – and the signs to look for

May 17, 2017 8:22 AM
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How a simple cold could give you a heart attack – and the signs to look for

A NEW study has revealed that a cold could be more deadly than you think.

But having a cold might not be the worst part of it. A new study published in the Internal Medicine Journal said respiratory infections can raise your risk of a heart attack.

The research looked at both past and present respiratory infection information from 578 patients who where admitted to hospital with a heart attack.

Of these patients, 17% said they had a cold within a week of their heart attack. A further 21% said the cold occurred within a month of the attack.

The researchers discovered that mild respiratory symptoms like the common cold can increase someone’s chance of having a heart attack by 14-fold during the seven days following their cold.

If the patient has suffered a more serious respiratory problem like the flu, bronchitis or pneumonia their risk of a heart attack is raised by 17-fold.

“The data showed that the increased risk of a heart attack isn’t necessarily just at the beginning of respiratory symptoms, it peaks in the first seven days and gradually reduces but remains elevated for one month,” study author Geoffrey Tofler said.


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