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The Flu and Your Heart

Did you know that people with heart disease have an increased risk of pneumonia, respiratory failure, heart attack and death from the flu than those with healthy hearts? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu causes an estimated 36,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations annually in the United States and we are certainly in the middle of an epidemic now. While the best time to get a flu shot is in October or November, before the season starts, it’s never too late to be immunized. And remember – the flu isn’t just spread by someone sneezing or coughing in your vicinity. Most flu is spread by touching surfaces. So wash your hands often – not just after you use the bathroom — and avoid touching your face.

 

Weekly Health Tips are brought to you by UCF Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice. Offering primary and specialty care under one roof, UCF Health treats patients age 16 and up in primary care and age 18 and up for specialty care. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Two locations are now open: the original in East Orlando at Quadrangle and University boulevards just blocks from the main UCF campus and in Medical City at Narcoossee Road and Tavistock Lakes Boulevard. Schedule an appointment online today.

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