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People hospitalized for pneumonia higher risk of suffering from heart attack

People hospitalized for pneumonia higher risk of suffering from heart attack

ISLAMABAD: People hospitalized for pneumonia are at a higher risk of suffering from heart attack or stroke in the weeks and months following treatment, a recent study shows.

“Patients are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease in the weeks, months, and years following their recovery from this infection,” said the study’s lead author, Vicente Corrales-Medina, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at the Ottawa Hospital, Science Daily reported.

People hospitalized for pneumonia higher risk of suffering from heart attack
People hospitalized for pneumonia higher risk of suffering from heart attack

“In the group aged 65 and older, a pneumonia patient was four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease in the first 30 days following the infection,” the study said.

It added that the younger group was 2.4 times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease in the first 90 days after hospitalization for pneumonia.

Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung, which affects approximately 450 million people globally per year. It results in about four million deaths every year.

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