According to the CDC, 3,000 to 49,000 people die from flu and more than 200,000 are hospitalized due to flu complications each year. Studies also show that death from the flu is more common among people with heart disease than among people with any other chronic illness.
It’s that time of year again. Time for school bells, falling leaves, icy snow -- and the flu. With fall and winter comes flu season, so it’s time to think about how to protect yourself and your family. What flumedications do you need to stave off the fever and body aches? What can help you manage the symptoms?
The most important tool to protect yourself from the flu, in fact, is not antiviral flu medications -- although these can be very important -- but an annual flu vaccine. Unlike in past years,...
In addition, some new findings show that the risk of having a heart attack or stroke doubles or triples with a respiratory infection such as flu. Researchers believe this may explain why heart attacks and strokes occur more commonly during winter months. Take steps now to prevent having serious problems with flu.
What Are Symptoms of the Flu?
With the flu, the miserable symptoms usually come on quickly. You may experience the following signs and symptoms of flu:
Fever (usually high)
Severe aches and pains in the joints and muscles and around the eyes
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. It is important to learn about your heart to help prevent heart disease. And, if you have cardiovascular disease, you can live a healthier, more active life by learning about your disease and treatments and by becoming an active participant in your care.