According to research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, adults admitted with sepsis or pneumonia had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease for at least 5 years after infection, Medical News Today reports.

In a study of more than 236,000 men, researchers found that the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) was around six times higher in the year following hospitalization for pneumonia or sepsis.

While CVD risk began to fall after 1 year, it remained increased for more than 5 years after infection.