Is there anything more miserable than yet another respiratory infection?
When you’re sitting in bed with the snotty tissues piling up next to you, coughing so much that the room’s shaking, you might think the answer’s a resounding (or maybe a hacking and croaking) “NO!”
Well, friend, it turns out there IS something more miserable than one of those nasty infections.
It’s not the illness itself.
It’s what could strike AFTER!
New research finds the damage from those infections won’t vanish completely when you’re no longer buying stock in Kleenex.
Even after you’re on the mend, you could suffer a heart attack.
In the one week after a nasty respiratory infection such as flu, pneumonia, or bronchitis, your risk of a heart attack jumps by 17 TIMES!
Don’t wheeze a sigh of relief if you have something not quite as bad as flu or pneumonia.
Even a simple cold or other milder infections such as sinusitis and rhinitis will boost your heart attack risk by 13 TIMES in the week afterward.
The risk drops after that week, but only a little — and it stays high for a full month after you’ve recovered.
There’s no single obvious reason WHY an infection in the lungs could end up taking a toll on your ticker, but we’ve got several suspects we can finger here.
Any infection like this will trigger inflammation, which is absolutely brutal on the heart. These infections can also cause clots to form, which could take you directly from flu to heart attack in 30 days or less.
If that’s the case, be sure to give your body what it needs to fight off that inflammation as it battles the infection. Fish oil can help power your immune system to kill off the infection while shutting down some of that inflammation to boot.
Not coincidentally, this stuff is also fantastic for your heart.
Your best bet obviously is to not get sick in the first place, since respiratory infections are miserable enough even without a heart scare thrown into the mix.
For that, be sure to boost your D intake.
Less sun — and low D — is likely one of the reasons these infections are far more common in winter, when heart attacks are also more common (and more severe).
Boost your D and you can protect yourself from two risks at once, helping to prevent those infections and maybe even cut your odds of a heart attack at the same time.
Most folks need between 2,000 IU and 5,000 IU per day, but you could need more based on your age and health. Speak to a doc who can sort it all out for you.