PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- David Haybron
, a noted cardiothoracic surgeon, has recently heard of a new study that illuminates a surprising benefit of the flu vaccine: protection against a heart attack. As an article
published by the Huffington Post explains, a new study conducted in Australia has uncovered a shocking relationship between this vaccination and heart attacks, which are among the most severe cardiovascular events an individual can experience.
The article explains: "For the study, researchers assessed 559 patients over the age of 40 who were hospitalized at some point from 2008 to 2010. Some 275 of these patients had suffered a heart attack, while 284 had not.
"Nose and throat swabs and blood samples [...] showed that around 12.4 percent of the heart attack patients had recently had a flu, compared with just under seven percent in the comparison group. Half of all the patients had had the flu shot that year."
Ultimately, the article explains, actually having the flu is not at all correlated with an increased or decreased risk of heart attack. However, individuals who were vaccinated against the flu had a 45 percent less chance of actually suffering from this type of cardiac event.
"There is certainly much more evidence that has to be collected, and research that has to be completed before these results can be taken for face value," Dr. Haybron comments. "The article concedes that the results, so far, are inconclusive. That said, though, this presents a strong case for the importance of getting a flu shot, and I would encourage anyone interested in learning more about the benefits of getting such a vaccination to consult with their doctor. Additionally, I urge patients who are looking to improve their heart health to adhere to a few key lifestyle behaviors."
These behaviors, according to Dr. David Haybron, include eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise. Keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels within the accepted ranges is crucial for protecting the health of the cardiovascular system, and diet and exercise can go a long way in helping individuals to meet this goal.
Additionally, medications are available to assist those patients who are genetically predisposed to blood pressure and cholesterol challenges who find it difficult to control their levels solely with diet and exercise.
Dr. Haybron believes that, with the right proactive, preventative attitude, many heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases can be avoided. Dr. David Haybron recommends that patients work with their doctors to create a heart-healthy lifestyle.
David Haybron, a certified cardiothoracic surgeon, has over 20 years of experience in the medical field. Combined with the publications that he has penned and his active involvement with numerous professional organizations, this experience has established Dr. Haybron as a leading authority in his field. Currently, Dr. Haybron serves patients at Pittsburgh Cardio Thoracic Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor of science in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University and a medical degree from Ohio State University. After graduating, Dr. Haybron completed his residency in general surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in thoracic surgery at Ohio State University. He also completed a clinical associated fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.