Link Between Respiratory Infections and Heart Attacks

MHIF Researcher, Dr. Mike Miedema, was recently quoted in a U.S. News article about the link between respiratory infections and heart attacks. Recent research has found that the risk of a heart attack is 17 times higher in the seven days following a respiratory infection, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. “It’s not that pneumonia will take somebody who’s completely healthy with no plaque in their arteries and all the sudden make a bunch of plaque show up and give them a heart attack,” says Dr. Mike Miedema, a preventive cardiologist with the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and researcher at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. “There’s something about the respiratory infection that makes those plaques less stable,” Miedema says. Read the full article by Michael Schroeder on U.S. News website here.