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Heart Disease and the Flu

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Call the Doctor

Let her know if you think you might have the flu. She may want you to come to the office for an exam and tests.

If you do have it, she’ll recommend an antiviral drug. It will ease symptoms and shorten your illness if you take it early on.

Call your doctor immediately if you have the following problems:

  • Symptoms that don't improve or get worse after 3 to 4 days of illness
  • You feel a little better, then you start to feel much worse -- sick-to-your-stomach, vomiting, high fever, shaking chills, chest pain, or coughing with thick yellow-green mucus.

If your symptoms get worse, you may need urgent medical care. Call 911 if you have trouble breathing or any other signs of a health emergency. Don’t wait to call 911 or go to the emergency room if you have heart disease and the flu. It's better to get a quick medical exam and treatment than to risk waiting to see if your symptoms get better on their own.

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Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum, MD on June 16, 2015
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