If you have heart disease, take extra care to avoid catching a cold. It can sometimes lead to complications that can cause some serious problems.
Learn what you can do to protect your health and feel your best.
Can I Take Cold Medicines?
Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before you try any over-the counter cold medicine to make sure it doesn't interfere with your other medications.
What's the Best Way to Avoid Colds?
Your best defense is to make sure you and your family wash your hands regularly.
Watch what you breathe in, too: Avoid cigarette smoke and air pollution.
The CDC says people with heart disease should get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year. That way your body has time to build up enough antibody defenses before the flu season kicks into high gear. It can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
It's best to get vaccinated before October, but you can still do it until the end of flu season. The shot usually starts to protect you about 2 weeks after you get it.
There are two pneumonia vaccines to help protect adults against pneumococcal pneumonia. You will begin to get them once you turn age 65, or earlier if you have certain medical conditions. Talk to your doctor to see if you need a pneumonia vaccine.