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      Flu virus can potentially cause heart attack

      Doctors urge everyone, especially those with heart diseases, to get their flu shot

      Now there's even more reason to get your flu shot this season.

      Researchers out of London have found a consistent link between the flu virus and heart attacks. The flu causes inflamation of the lungs and arteries, potentially causing blood clots which in turn could cause a heart attack. Doctors say anyone with underlying heart conditions should get their flu shot. The study also found that those who got their flu shot experienced fewer heart attacks than those who did not get the shot.

      The study also shows that the flu virus could also trigger a heart attack in otherwise healthy people with no heart disease if they are also experiencing high cholesterol or are overweight.

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