Your chance of having a heart attack or stroke increases significantly if you have been hospitalized for pneumonia, according to a paper published today in the influential JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).
“The main conclusion from our study is that someone hospitalized for pneumonia should be considered at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease,” said lead author Dr. Vicente Corrales-Medina, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at The Ottawa Hospital, and assistant professor with the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine.
“This means two things. First, it provides yet another reason to do everything we can to prevent pneumonia from occurring in the community, through vaccination and basic hand hygiene, for example,” he continued. “This is especially important for the elderly and those with other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol.”
“Second, once pneumonia has occurred, physicians should develop a care plan…
View original post 392 more words