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COVID-19, flu could contribute to heart issues

The spread of COVID-19 and influenza across the U.S. could lead to a rise in cardiovascular complications, health experts warn.

Respiratory illnesses often lead to fever or dehydration, which can raise heart rates, and respiratory infections can cause inflammation resulting in blood clots.

"The inflammation is a result of any serious infection but, including infections like influenza and COVID, can then cause inflammation at the site of plaque buildup in a heart artery and that can help promote that plaque to rupture," said Deepak Bhatt, M.D., director of Mount Sinai Fuster Heart Hospital in New York City.

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