Flu, COVID Are Spreading: 8 Tips to Protect Your Heart
Flu and COVID are sweeping across the country, posing a particular hazard to people at risk for heart disease. These respiratory infections can trigger heart complications from fever, dehydration, and inflammation, according to experts from Mount Sinai Fuster Heart Hospital.
Mount Sinai doctors are seeing an increase in heart problems prompted by respiratory infections, and it’s happening across all age groups – even among young adults in their 20s. Inflammation can prompt heart attacks in people with clogged arteries, and it can also exacerbate symptoms related to heart failure or heart rhythm disorders, doctors said.
“Winter can raise cardiovascular risks in a number of ways, including due to flu season,” according to Dr. Deepak Bhatt, director of the Mount Sinai Fuster Heart Hospital. “People with cardiovascular disease or multiple risk factors for heart disease are particularly susceptible to developing cardiac problems if they get really sick from a respiratory infection,” Bhatt said in a hospital news release. “Identifying and controlling cardiovascular risk factors, as well as basic measures to try to prevent infections, are ways to avoid a potential double whammy of a bad infection triggering a heart attack.”
Heart disease is the leading cause of death among U.S. men and women, and nearly half of adults have some type of heart disease. Nearly 700,000 people die every year from heart disease, and eight out of 10 deaths are preventable, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
High blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, excess weight, smoking, and age are all risk factors for heart disease.
Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood to the body adequately. Heart failure cases are not uncommon in the United States, with at least 5.8 million Americans suffering from this cardiovascular mishap. While symptoms like dizziness, read more about 5 Heart Failure Symptoms Doctors Commonly Miss
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