Can Flu Shots Help Prevent Heart Disease? - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Can Flu Shots Help Prevent Heart Disease?

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS -

You hear it every year, don't go without a flu shot. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows the reasons to get the shot are, now more than ever before.

"There's an extra benefit from getting the flu vaccine, that being preventing cardiac complications," says St. Vincent Healthcare Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Frederick Kahn, M.D.

The question is then raised, how exactly does a simple flu shot help prevent cardiac problems?

"We do know that some infection and in particular, influenza, has an adverse or bad effect on the heart artery lining. That's where the plaque builds up in the heart arteries and sometimes that infection will cause that plaque buildup to actually converge and cause a blockage in the artery," says St. Vincent Healthcare Cardiologist, Dr. Joseph Apostol, M.D.

The study goes on to show how a flu shot, in many cases, can lower your risk of cardiac complications quite significantly.

"You may get as much as a fifty percent lower risk of having a cardiac event that season by getting that year's flu vaccine," says Kahn.

"Even for those who may have risk factors, but not the diagnoses for heart disease, it will help those people too," says Apostol.

So making sure you stay on track with your shots, could result in positive health results for years to come.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Bison Art Structure at Airport

    Bison Art Structure at Airport

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:49:29 GMT
    You may have noticed the new steel bison structure if you've passed by Billings Logan International Airport recently.
    You may have noticed the new steel bison structure if you've passed by Billings Logan International Airport recently.
  • Organization Seeks Funds for Transitional Housing Program

    Organization Seeks Funds for Transitional Housing Program

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:46:47 GMT
    One of the programs for families with issues of substance addiction and mental illness is canceled because the organization no longer has funding for it.
    One of the programs for families with issues of substance addiction and mental illness is canceled because the organization no longer has funding for it.
  • Suspect in Rimrock Rd, Pictograph Cave Shootings Pleads Not Guilty

    Suspect in Rimrock Rd, Pictograph Cave Shootings Pleads Not Guilty

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:42 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:42:10 GMT
    The man arrested for a pair of shootings on July 15, one on Rimrock Road and later at Pictograph Cave State Park, has additional charges added to his case.
    The man arrested for a pair of shootings on July 15, one on Rimrock Road and later at Pictograph Cave State Park, has additional charges added to his case.