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Flu may play part in plaque-rupturing heart attacks

Getting a #flu vaccine can reduce the risk of a common type of #heart attack in people 60 and older, according to new research that suggests the #influenza virus plays a role in rupturing plaque.

Researchers in Spain used data from five consecutive flu seasons and zeroed in on 8,240 people who had Type 1 heart attacks. They found flu and cold temperatures were each independently associated with an increased risk of that kind of heart attack, and flu shots could reduce that risk among people 60 and up.

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