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Huston Street Joins Mended Hearts with an Important Heart Health Message: Get Your Flu Shot!
Date:10/17/2008

I Heart Flu ShotsTM Brings Public Health Message to Austin's American Heart Association Heart Walk

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Heart disease was the leading cause of death among Texans in 2001, accounting for almost three in every 10 deaths. People with heart disease are at an increased risk for serious and potentially life-threatening complications from the flu. Therefore, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that heart disease patients get vaccinated against the flu each year. Tomorrow, Mended Hearts, a national patient support group affiliated with the American Heart Association (AHA), is spreading the word among heart patients to get the flu shot.

"With this weekend's AHA Heart Walk in front of the Texas Capitol, heart health is top of mind in Austin. However, many people are still not taking basic steps -- like getting a flu shot -- to help protect themselves," said Catherine Larson, volunteer assistant regional director of Mended Hearts.

Huston Street, a local Austin resident and relief pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, has joined Mended Hearts to help spread this important message to the Austin community. "I have seen the devastating effects of heart disease, and know how important it is to protect against its complications," explained Street. "Since the flu can be so dangerous for heart patients, it is important to make people with heart disease aware of the importance of an annual flu vaccination."

This effort is part of the Mended Hearts initiative, 'I Heart Flu ShotsTM' which was launched in 2007 to help educate people living with heart disease about the importance of getting a flu shot. The flu can worsen heart disease and can lead to complications including viral or bacterial pneumonia. Getting the flu shot is an important way for heart disease patients to help protect themselves. The AHA and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) recommend that the more than 12 million peo
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