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More protection for your heart? It’s just a shot away
You can lower your risks for heart attack, stroke, and death from heart disease by staying current on vaccinations.
With all the attention on COVID-19 vaccines over the past two years, you may have neglected to receive other routine vaccines recommended for older adults — namely, those that protect against influenza, pneumonia, and shingles. But if you have heart disease or are at risk for it, these shots are important. And early fall is a great time to get back on schedule.
Earlier this year, a large study confirmed that flu vaccines may help lower the risk of serious cardiovascular complications (see "Flu shot linked to lower heart-related risks"). The risk of heart attack and stroke rises in the year following a bout of either pneumonia (a serious lung infection caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi) or shingles (a reawakening of the chickenpox virus that emerges through the nerves and causes a painful rash). Vaccines can help lower these risks as well.
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