December 2009 references and further reading

You can get the latest information on swine (H1N1) flu from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Warren-Gash C, Smeeth L, Hayward AC. Influenza as a trigger for acute myocardial infarction or death from cardiovascular disease: a systematic review. Lancet Infectious Diseases 2009; 9:601-10. Swine (H1N1) Flu: How to understand your risk and protect your health is a Special Health Report available from Harvard Health Publications. (Locked) More »

Another reason to get a flu shot: your heart

Any infection, including the flu, can stress the heart and lead to higher blood pressure, breathing problems, increased heart rate, or inflammation. Getting a flu shot can help protect the heart. (Locked) More »

Vitamin D: a bright spot in nutrition research

  Many older people do not get enough vitamin D, which may contribute to coronary artery disease and high blood pressure. Exposure to sunlight is not a reliable source of vitamin D during the winter months, so taking a supplement is recommended.   More »

In Brief

Brief reports on the beneficial effect of weight loss on the heart, eating a Mediterranean-style diet to control blood sugar, and an attempt to compare angioplasty and exercise as treatments for angina. (Locked) More »