Tyler, TX — Many of us dread getting the flu shot, we fear it will make us sick, or think it's just harmful to the body.
But this powerful flu vaccine can also help your heart.
KETK spoke to a Cardiologist, Scott Lieberman, about two parts of a new heart health research study.
"Patients particularly who are at high risk, or having coronary disease or heart disease would benefit by having flu shots," said Scott Lieberman, MD, Cardiologist.
Lieberman says, the study shows there are benefits from getting the flu shot even if you're not protecting yourself from the flu.
Research by Canadian Cardiovascular Congress shows, the flu vaccine can decrease the risk of a stroke, heart attack, or cardiac death by 50% and a decrease in death by 40%.
"Between the two studies the implication is that... getting a flu vaccine would seem to reduce cardiovascular events significantly if the patients in fact do have coronary artery disease but likely reduce events even if patients don't have coronary artery disease,"said Scott Lieberman, MD, Cardiologist.
Cardiologist, Brent Davis, tells KETK, the study was conducted by a pool of patient data.
"They looked at the folks and half had heart disease and half didn't and they looked at the patients that received a flue shot and those that did not and there was a signal of a reduces cardiovascular risk for patients that didn't have pre-existing heart disease when they received the flu shot," said Brent Davis, MD, Cardiologist.
Davis says, he finds the research intriguing and compelling.
"I think we under utilize the flu shot, and i think we need to be more of an advocate recommending it for more patients,” said Brent Davis, MD, Cardiologist.