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Why Do Heart Attack Rates Increase During the Holidays?

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Why Do Heart Attack Rates Increase During the Holidays?

Managing Your Heart Health Over the Holidays

It's no secret that the holidays can be a stressful time: from all the cookies to bake to the in-laws coming to town and the presents that need wrapping. But what many people don't realize is that all that stress can take a toll on your heart.

In fact, heart attack rates tend to spike during the winter holiday season. So how can you protect your heart health and make sure you enjoy the holidays?

Holiday Heart Attack Statistics

Every year, heart attacks increase during the winter holiday season. Here are some statistics to keep in mind:

  • The number of heart attacks increases by 25% during the holiday season.
  • Heart attack-related deaths increase by 40% during the holiday season.
  • December is the deadliest month for heart attack victims.

Why do heart attack rates increase during the holidays? There are many reasons, including:

  • Increased stress levels.
  • Unhealthy diet and drinking habits.
  • Lack of exercise.

All of these factors can take a toll on your heart health, so it's important to be mindful of them during the holidays.

Healthy Holiday Heart Tips

Now that you know your cardiac risks over this festive time, below we'll outline some tips for keeping your heart healthy during the holidays.

1. Stay active.

It can be tempting to spend all day lounging on the couch during winter break, but staying active is important for heart health. Make sure to fit in some physical activity each day, whether it's going for a walk or hitting the gym.

2. Manage stress levels.

The holidays can be a busy and chaotic time, so it's important to find ways to manage stress. Make sure to carve out some downtime for yourself, practice relaxation techniques, and don't overbook your schedule.

3. Watch what you eat and drink.

It can be easy to indulge in holiday treats and cocktails, but make sure not to go overboard. Aim for a balanced diet and maintain moderation when it comes to food and alcohol.

4. Take heart medication as prescribed.

If you have a heart condition, make sure to stick to your medication schedule and keep up with doctor's appointments. It can be easy to avoid going to the doctor this time of year, but it's important to manage your health and ensure you don't run out of medication.

Inyo County Rural Health Clinic

Remember, the holidays are meant to be a joyful time. Don't let stress or unhealthy habits affect your heart health. With a little extra attention and planning, you can enjoy the holidays and keep your heart healthy at the same time.

Northern Inyo Healthcare District's Rural Health Clinic is here to help keep your family happy and healthy through the holiday season. To schedule a flu shot appointment please call 760-873-2849.