Holidays and Heart Attacks!!

by | Dec 6, 2019

Sounds like the title of a bad country and western song?

And don’t get us wrong…CPR Chicks LOVE their music including Country!

But, sadly the two DO go hand in hand. According to a study published in Circulation in 2004, “The number of cardiac deaths is higher on December 25 than on any other day of the year, second highest on December 26, and the third highest on January 1.”

But why during this most joyful and fun time of the year?

Researchers suggest that people might delay getting help or treatment because they do not want to make a fuss or disrupt Christmas and New Year’s festivities. People might put off seeking life-saving medical help during the holidays which can be deadly.

Other possible factors that may be involved include emotional stress and overindulgence. It’s the time of year filled with food, parties, food, alcohol, food and gatherings. Oh…and FOOD!

So how do we avoid the “Merry Christmas Coronary” or “Happy Hanukkah Heart Attack?” The following are some simple suggestions worth noting:

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!

If your experiencing some weird feelings or chest pains, jaw pain, left arm numbing and discomfort, indigestion, etc. TAKE ACTION!

CALL 911 and GET HELP! DON’T DELAY!

Avoid excess salt and alcohol
Too much drinking or binge drinking can lead to atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm in which disorganized electrical
signals cause the heart’s two upper chambers to contract irregularly and can increase your risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure.

Tis the Season…to catch the flu! 
A disease like the flu can put excess pressure on your heart, especially if you already have heart problems, and increase the risk of a heart attack.

Be prepared in cold weather
Decreased temperatures cause your blood vessels to constrict in your arms and legs, making your hear work harder. It can also cause blood vessels in your heart to spasm, temporarily depriving the heart of oxygen. So…layer up! Keep your arms, head and feet warm and toasty.

Overexertion in cold weather
If you’re not an active person can be a shock to your system. Suddenly becoming active over the holidays (shoveling snow, trudging through snowdrifts or going sledding with the kids) may cause a spike in demand on your heart. Have fun, but don’t go crazy. Don’t be a “Clark Griswold” and take a wild ride on a saucer sled!

May you keep the holiday spirit in your heart year ‘round and always and forever remain young at heart.

Now call us and book a class…learn it before you need it!

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