From Christmas, Hanukah, New Years and just about any other holiday that you might celebrate, one thing is for certain, and that is that this time of year is one of the most joyous. Whether you are curled up next to a fire with friends and family or enjoying a festive meal with loved ones; the holidays are a time for reflection and heartfelt interactions. Sadly, those heartfelt interactions can take a whole different meaning sometimes.
Researchers have found that heart attack deaths are highest during the holidays.
When it comes to the holidays, most of us are thinking about everything else and everyone else except for ourselves and our health, however, you need only have watched the news or read a newspaper this month to see the seriousness and the susceptibility that comes with heart problems. Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack on a plane, George Michael died from heart failure and Alan Thicke passed from a ruptured aorta.
Still don’t believe us? Well, Dr. John Duncan with ViaScan in Irving, Texas feels these stories should serve as a warning to all of us, especially over the holiday season.
“Many of the heart attacks that occur today could be prevented if people simply knew that they had a problem before the first signs and symptoms, which is a heart attack,” said Dr. Duncan.
Medical officials say heart attack deaths are highest during the holiday season.
“I think it’s a combination of people having hidden disease that they don’t know they have a blockage and then some triggers, the emotions of the holidays trigger the event to actually happen,” said Dr. Duncan.
While most of us have visions going into the holiday season of peace, rest, and joy; the fact remains that they can be incredibly stressful. Shopping in crowded malls, preparing for guests, dealing with an influx of people in your home, all of these things can cause undue stress that can directly impact your heart health, especially if you are at an elevated risk.
So what should you be on the lookout for? Sadly, the problem with heart disease is that sometimes there can be no symptoms at all until it is too late.
“The scary statistics from the American Heart Association is that the first symptom in the third of the people is sudden death,” said Dr. Duncan.
Knowing this, doctors recommend being proactive and preventative when it comes to heart health. By monitoring your diet, cholesterol and visiting your doctor for regular screenings will give them and you a deeper understanding of your current state of health so you can get through the holidays with one less thing to worry about.