Respiratory InfectionsCardiovascular Complications in Community-acquired PneumoniaKrüger, Stefan MD; Frechen, Dirk MDAuthor Information Klinik für Pneumologie, Allergologie, Schlaf-und Beatmungsmedizin, Florence Nightingale Krankenhaus, Düsseldorf, Germany Disclosure: The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest. Address correspondence to: Stefan Krüger, MD, Klinik für Pneumologie, Allergologie, Schlaf-und Beatmungsmedizin, Florence Nightingale Krankenhaus, Kreuzbergstr, 79, D-40489 Düsseldorf, Germany. E-mail: [email protected]. Clinical Pulmonary Medicine: March 2015 - Volume 22 - Issue 2 - p 62-67 doi: 10.1097/CPM.0000000000000080 Buy Metrics Abstract Cardiovascular complications and comorbidities in community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) are very frequent. Therefore clinicians must see CAP not as a simple infectious accident. They should look at CAP patients as high-risk cardiovascular patients and have to diagnose and treat them in an appropriate way. Cardiac complications in the acute phase of CAP are most often seen in the first days of disease. Therefore, better monitoring, diagnostics, and risk stratification in CAP with respect to cardiovascular diseases should be established. There is a long-term higher risk for cardiovascular events and mortality in CAP patients that has not been adequately recognized. Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, especially in patients with known cardiovascular disease, might be reduced by influenza and pneumococcal vaccination. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.