Role of influenza as a trigger for acute myocardial infarction: evidence from clinical, epidemiological and statistical studies
The role of influenza as a trigger for acute myocardial infarction: evidence from clinical, epidemiological and statistical studiesInfluenza (flu) is one of many common viruses that cause respiratory symptoms. Some respiratory infections may trigger more serious conditions such as heart attacks. This study, funded by an MRC fellowship grant, will study whether flu triggers heart attacks, if so how often this happens, and whether vaccinating people against influenza also protects them from heart attacks. This will involve an analysis of medical records from a national general practice database and studying of recent influenza infection in patients hospitalised for heart attacks. One of the major anticipated benefits of this research is If flu does trigger heart attacks, some might be prevented either through vaccinating people against flu or by treating flu with antiviral drugs.
Charlotte Warren-Gash is the principal investigator. The study team also includes Andrew Hayward.
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