1918 Spanish Flu & Heart Disease

April 17, 2007

Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution posts about how well various U.S. cities fought Spanish flu in 1918. The New York Times has a longer story about the new research.

I hope someone takes this data and tries to correlate it to the promising hypothesis that the surge in cardiovascular disease that peaked in the 60’s was caused by lingering Spanish flu affects.

It is proposed that an early 20th-century expansion of a coronary heart disease–prone subpopulation, characterized by high serum-cholesterol phenotype and high case-fatality—which contributed to most of the coronary heart disease cases and deaths during the 1960s—may have been a late result of the 1918 influenza pandemic.