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Flu doubles heart attack risk

6th December 2007

A new study of two million people by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has shown that having the flu "doubles the immediate risk" of suffering from a heart attack or stroke.

People who contract the flu virus have four times the likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke within three days days of becoming ill. They have twice the risk for up to a week afterwards.

The virus "dislodges fatty deposits" which collect in the arteries. This allows the particles to travel around the body where they can potentially block  blood flow in major organs. Other illnesses, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, also carry the same risk.

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