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Flu increases the risk of heart attack: study

MIAMI: People who get the flu may face a six-fold higher risk of heart attack in the week following infection, said a study Wednesday that bolsters the need for widespread vaccinations against the flu. The risk of heart attack -- or myocardial infarction -- is particularly acute in older adults, said the report in the New England of Medicine. "Our findings are important because an association between influenza and acute myocardial infarction reinforces the importance of vaccination," said lead author Jeff Kwong, a…