You got the flu
Australia’s Heart Foundation recommends that those with heart disease get annual flu shots, and research shows just how important that shot is.
A 2018 study in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at 364 people hospitalised for heart attacks and found that they were six times more likely to have a heart attack in the week after being infected with the flu.
Your mother had a heart attack
Or maybe it was your father, or grandparent, or siblings. No matter which relative it was, the Heart Foundation says that heart disease and risk factors for heart disease may be linked to family history.
There are at least 67 sites in the DNA sequence, or variants, that can increase your risk of a heart attack. Each of these variants raises your risk of cardiovascular disease by about 10 per cent. But if you have more variants, your risk adds up.
The good news is, having a family history of heart attacks doesn’t guarantee you will have one. Actively maintaining a healthy lifestyle can lower your overall risk.
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