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Influenza Vaccination May Improve Cardiovascular Outcomes

Influenza Vaccination May Improve Cardiovascular Outcomes | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Use of the influenza vaccine, particularly among high-risk patients with acute coronary syndrome, is linked to lower risks of major adverse cardiovascular events, according to new findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"In our meta-analysis of 6735 patients with varying degrees of cardiovascular risk, influenza vaccination was associated with a significantly lower risk of major adverse cardiovascular event," the study authors said. "The risk associated with influenza vaccination was robust, with a greater association seen among patients with recent ACS compared with patients with stable CAD."

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

The flu shot is a low cost, safe and effective strategy to reduce major heart events for patients at risk.   The data is so compelling that healthcare plans and hospitals and practices no require all health care workers (doctors, nurses and others) to be vaccinated annually and it is considered an important quality measure for healthcare delivery systems.

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Vaccine Shows Promise for Nicotine Addiction (in mice)

Vaccine Shows Promise for Nicotine Addiction (in mice) | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Take Home message:  Smoking addiction is very difficult to overcome for many patients.  Our most effective strategy currently is a combination of Chantix with counseling.  A life time strategy of vacciantion is attractive, but would need very long term data on overall safety but especially psychiatric safety for it to win my confidence for my patients.

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