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Pulaski flu clinic; Baptist Health Physician Partners; Migraines & heart attacks

The flu virus is hitting Arkansas hard -- with seven deaths reported in the state. So now is the time to get a flu shot. Baptist Health in Little Rock announced a significant new organization. Women who suffer from migraines with visual disturbances may be more likely to have problems with their heart and blood vessels.
The flu virus is hitting Arkansas hard -- with seven deaths reported in the state. So now is the time to get a flu shot

The Pulaski County Central Health Unit will offer flu vaccinations this Thursday.

The clinic is located on 3915 West 8th Street in Little Rock.

Flu vaccinations will be available from 4 to 6pm. There is a $30 fee for the shots.

You're asked to bring private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or ARkids First information so that the Arkansas Department of Health can bill your insurance.

The health department encourages everyone over six months old to get a flu shot.

Baptist Health partners with 200 physicians to improve health care

Today, Baptist Health in Little Rock announced a significant new organization called "Baptist Health Physician Partners."

Right now the partnership includes more than 200 physicians. But the hospital is still reaching out to other doctors who are committed to improving quality health care and reducing costs.

Patients will also receive better communication from their doctors. And information technology will be used to monitor and manage health care services.

Hospital officials say the partnership has been in the works for 18 months and can further improve clinical outcomes for Arkansans.

Migraines & heart attacks

Women who suffer from migraines with visual disturbances -- known as auras -- may be more likely to have problems with their heart and blood vessels.

Researchers studied nearly 28,000 women with more than 1,400 suffering from migraine with aura. They found after high blood pressure, migraine with aura was the second strongest single contributor to heart attack risk and stroke.

While this doesn't mean every woman who has migraines with aura will have a heart attack or stroke, it should be considered a risk factor.

David Frid, M.D. with Cleveland Clinic says, "I think what people should look at when they're checking off "what's my risk for having heart disease? How many risk factors do I have?" They can look at do they have diabetes? Do they have high blood pressure? And now they can also look at "am I a woman who has migraines with auras?"

The findings will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting.

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