Respiratory Infection Can Heighten the Risk of Heart Attack by 17 Times. The team concluded that the risk of AMI is 17 times higher in the week after a respiratory infection. Back to Journal Articles Acute MI Risk Significantly Up Following Respiratory InfectionRisk of AMI 17 times higher in week after a respiratory infection, researchers say Share | Comments: (0) Tell-a-FriendWEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) — The risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) increases sharply after a respiratory infection, according to a study published in the May issue of the Internal Medicine Journal. “Although upper-respiratory infections are less severe, they are far more common than lower-respiratory tract symptoms. “For those participants who reported milder upper-respiratory tract infection symptoms, the risk increase was less, but was still elevated by 13-fold,” study author Lorcan Ruane, from the University of Sydney, said in a university news release. In a second analysis, the researchers focused on upper-respiratory tract infections.
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