In people with chronic cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease (CVD) --- H1N1 flu infection and seasonal flu increases the risk of acute exacerbation of disease during infection. Chronic cardiovascular disease increases the risk of complications and hospitalization in patients with H1N1 flu.
Common cardiovascular diseases include- heart failure, angina, heart attack (myocardial infection), peripheral vascular disease, heart rhythm abnormalities such as atrial fibrillation, stroke, and congenital heart disease.
If you have cardiovascular disease, consider the following steps;
Everyday steps to protect Yourself and Others: Follow the following steps regularly to protect your and your family’s health;
If you have flu like illness --to avoid spreading the infection stay at home from work or school and limit contact with others. Stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever resolves (i.e there are no signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications).
General precautions for people with any kind of health condition
If one has is suffering from any kind of chronic condition, during a flu outbreak one must:
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