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Flu Concerns- The Flu And Your Heart



If you have heart disease then you may have a harder time fighting off viruses that cause you to be ill, this means that anyone with heart trouble may have a higher chance of contracting the flu. If you have the flu then your body will be under more stress, which can ultimately affect your blood pressure, heart rate and general heart function. If left untreated, your risk of having a heart attack or stroke can also be raised.


There are simple steps that you can take to prevent getting the flu and therefore any serious complications.


Common symptoms of the FLU:

  • High fever

  • Aches and pains in your joints and muscles

  • Weakness

  • Hot flushes and red watery eyes

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion


Choosing the right medication

If you have a heart problem then it is important that you read the label before you take any medications. You should ensure that the products do not contain decongestants, as this can raise your blood pressure or interfere with other medications that you are on. Some medications are made just for people with high blood pressure.



Take measures to prevent getting the flu

The flu season can start in October and last up until May, so it is important to get the flu jab as soon as it is available. Make sure that you tell the person giving you the jab that you have a heart problem, as not all treatments can be used on people that have a weak heart. Other steps that you can take are keeping your hands clean at all time; this will prevent you from picking up any germs via the mouth, nose or eyes.


Treatment

If you think you have the flu, then you should go to your GP. If you have the flu then you will be given a course of antiviral medication, this will help reduce the symptoms and hopefully shorten the duration of the illness if it is caught early enough.

You should go to see your doctor again if your symptoms do not improve after 3-4 days or if they get worse after the symptoms have started to ease off.


This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.

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