We all love the holidays. For healthy people with no prior heart issues, too much fun can put you in the ER with Holiday Heart. It can be pretty scary but it happens around the holidays.
What is Holiday Heart Syndrome?
According to the Harvard Health, “increased alcohol consumption can trigger the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation (or afib).
Harvard Health attributes it primarily to drinking and binge drinking. It’s also referred to as alcohol-induced atrial arrhythmias.
According to the Mayo Clinic Holiday Heart is caused by :
- too much alcohol – oh, those holiday parties
- too much salt – too many snacks
- higher blood pressure – likely caused by the first two
Signs of Holiday Heart
- For some it feels like your heart is racing out of your chest
- For others they feel some irregularity but also tired, short of breath, no energy
- Everyone is different but most have no prior heart issues. The danger of Holiday Heart is that atrial fibrillation can lead to stroke! So it must not be taken lightly.
How to Prevent Holiday Heart
moderation, moderation, moderation.
The holidays are a great excuse to break your routine of exercising and eating healthy. But just slowing down and not eating and drinking all that’s presented to you can help prevent it.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season – however you choose to celebrate. If we’re mindful of our consumption during this hectic time, we’ll be ready to ring in a Healthy New Year!
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