This is so sick I don’t even know where to begin.
Big Pharma is having NO LUCK selling its dopey flu shots. Vaccination rates are PLUNGING this year, with 40 percent of seniors refusing to get the shot.
So they’re resorting to the ugliest old trick in the book: FEAR!
If you have heart failure, you’re living every day on edge.
YOU know you’re facing long odds… and THEY know you’ll do just about anything to give those odds a nudge in your favor.
So here they are, claiming a flu shot can make a life-or-death difference in heart failure patients.
It CAN’T. It DOESN’T. And it WON’T.
I’ll explain why in a moment… and more importantly, I’ll give you the scoop on what DOES work.
Certainly not this shot, even though the study claims it will cut your risk of death from both “all causes” and “cardiovascular events” by 18 percent.
Is there a catch? You can bet your sore shoulder there is!
First off, they excluded anyone who died within 30 days of a heart failure diagnosis right out of the gate. Basically, the people who need help most got the boot from the study.
Sorry, bub. You’re not our type.
Why? Who knows. But if I had to guess, I’d venture that maybe the folks who are in this sickest-and-weakest category threw the rest of the numbers off.
Second, the “benefit” – if there is one, which I doubt – grows if you get more flu shots.
Think about that for a second.
No one gets more than one flu shot a year.
Someone who’s had three flu shots after a heart failure diagnosis has, by definition, lived at least three years. Comparing him or her to someone who didn’t get a flu shot and died after a year is cooking the books!
In any case, if there is any benefit, it’s not from the shots. It’s likely because people who get flu shots every year see doctors more often and get help more quickly.
It’s not the shot that did the job.
It was the regular medical attention!
If you REALLY want to cut your heart risk, go with something that’s proven: Omega-3 fatty acids.
Studies show these healthy fats in fish oil cut the risk of hospitalization by 8 percent and death by 10 percent in heart failure.
You don’t have to take my word for it. It’s so effective that the American Heart Association is urging heart failure patients to take it!
Giving heart patients a shot,