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How does having a cold affect you if you have heart disease?

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If you have complications from your cold, such as lung infections, it makes it hard to take in oxygen efficiently.

When that happens, your heart works even harder to pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.

From: Colds and Chronic Medical Conditions WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold."

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold" and "COPD -- Learn More, Breathe Better."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Cold and Flu: Tips on Feeling Better."

American Heart Association: "Cold and Flu Medication for People With High Blood Pressure."

CDC.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 10, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold."

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold" and "COPD -- Learn More, Breathe Better."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Cold and Flu: Tips on Feeling Better."

American Heart Association: "Cold and Flu Medication for People With High Blood Pressure."

CDC.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 10, 2017

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