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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
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
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.
Keeping blood pressure low is important to overall health, but for people with coronary artery disease, lowering diastolic blood pressure too much could increase the risk of a heart attack.
People who have had a transient ischemic attack or a stroke
should consider getting an ankle-brachial index test to check for
peripheral artery disease.
Shellfish may not offer the same protection against heart disease
as finned fish, but it is still a healthier alternative to red
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
I've heard you should take an aspirin if you think you are having
a heart attack. I already take aspirin (325 mg) every day. Should
I still take an aspirin if I feel a heart attack coming on?
What can be done for endothelial dysfunction that causes coronary
artery spasms and requires nitroglycerin at least four times a
What is the story on using red yeast rice to lower cholesterol?
You have warned readers against using it in the past, but I heard
about a new study that shows it works. Are you ready to admit you
are wrong on this one?