Most of us wrap up the outgoing year and ring in the new year with a crescendo of exciting—and occasionally stressful—fetes, feasts, and festivities. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when many people are vulnerable to heart attacks. Doctors have long known that December and January are peak months for heart trouble for many reasons—some of them avoidable.
- The holidays are to supposed to make your heart “skip a beat,” but if your heart actually does beat irregularly, you may want to pay special attention.
- The incidents of cardiac issues including heart attacks and cardiac arrhythmias and others tend to rise during the holidays, and are often thought to be mere mild cases of overindulgence.
- While overindulgence may likely be involved, it may also be a serious health issue such as Holiday Heart Syndrome or a more serious cardiac illness.
“Excessive alcohol intake in women is defined by the U.S. Department of health and Human Service (HHS) as consuming seven or more drinks per week or more than three doses at one time. For men, heavy consumption is defined as more than 14 drinks per week or more than four drinks at one sitting.”