The Pneumonia And Death From Heart Disease – Part 1 of 3
The Pneumonia And Death From Heart Disease. Older patients hospitalized with pneumonia appear to have an increased imperil of heart attack, stroke or death from heart cancer for years afterward, a new study finds. This elevated risk was highest in the first month after pneumonia – fourfold – but remained 1,5 times higher over successive years, the researchers say. “A single episode of pneumonia could have long-term consequences several months or years later,” said lead researcher Dr Sachin Yende, an associate professor of fault-finding care medicine and clinical and translational sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. This year’s flu season is particularly hard on older adults, and pneumonia is a serious complication of flu.
Getting a flu spot and the pneumonia vaccine “may not only prevent these infections, but may also prevent subsequent heart disease and stroke”. Pneumonia, which affects 1,2 percent of the population in the northern hemisphere each year, is the most mean cause of hospitalizations in the United States, the researchers said in background notes. The report was published Jan 20, 2015 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.