Flu is still around. The flu virus can leave one feeling weak and unwell. I would have a harder time fighting off viruses that cause diseases. In fact, people with heart trouble are more likely to get the flu than people with any other long-term (chronic) illness. Here is how I have been dealing so far.
Heart Disease and the Flu
Viral infections like the flu would also put added stress on the heart patient’s body, which can affect the blood pressure, heart rate, and overall heart function (WebMD). These put people with heart disease at high risk of developing complications from the flu and cold. It is asserted that heart attacks, other cardiovascular event, which may lead to death, happen more often during or immediately after an acute inflammatory illness, such as flu (CDC). Therefore, for people like me with heart disease, it is very important to do all that we can to avoid getting the flu.
Being on the waiting list for a heart transplant, it is crucial not to catch the flu. For instance, doctors and surgeons would not proceed with the procedure if the recipient happen to have an an infection. Missing such an exceptional opportunity would be very unfortunate.
Luckily, the flu is relatively easy to prevent. One can take simple steps now to avoid serious problems later on.
Trying to stay well and avoiding the flu
Get a flu vaccine
Getting the flu vaccination is recommended for people with a chronic heart condition, including heart failure or congenital heart disease (BWH). My care team believes that a vaccination is a very important step in protecting me against the flu. As a result, they make sure that I get my shot as soon as possible in anticipation of the flu season.
It’s been a few months now since we’ve transitioned into winter. Thankfully, I have managed to avoid the cold and flu so far. The plan in place seems to be working fine. I hope you have been keeping warm and staying away from cold and flu.
What has been working for you? It would be good to read from you and perhaps, get some tips and suggestions from you.
Thanks for reading. -Bouba
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