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Flu vaccine cuts risk of heart attack for some patients

from USA Today

Getting a flu shot cuts the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by more than 50 percent in people who have had a heart attack, a new study shows. One theory as to why the flu shot helps is the "vulnerable plaque theory" — that inflammation caused by the flu "may turn a stable plaque into an unstable plaque and cause a cardiac event," Jacob Udell, a cardiologist at Women's College Hospital and a scientist at the University of Toronto. more


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