Three Reasons Why Heart Attacks Rise Each December

One major study analyzing heart attacks among 138,602 people recorded a 35% higher number of heart attacks in December and January compared to August of a given year.

heart attack on the rise during Christmas

The medical profession is well aware that heart attacks do indeed increase in number during the holidays and winter seasons. Check out the top three reasons below:

1) Tempers and the Holidays: One obvious reason for holiday heart attacks lies among unresolved resentments, sibling rivalries and a whole host of other emotionally charged situations including politics that often rear themselves when families get together. Tempers explode and blood pressures rise. When someone “loses it” statistics show a two and a third time increased risk of a heart attack within the immediate hours following the incident.

2) Triglycerides: Another less obvious but contributing factor is the phenomena known as triglyceride spiking which can occur when triglycerides suddenly rise to dangerous levels. This heightened risk can happen after eating a single fat festive meal we might enjoy during Thanksgiving Christmas or New Years. This innocent event can literally provide a direct pathway to a heart attack within 2 to 26 hours following the single high fat meal.

3) Weekend Warriors: A study involving 1800 participants sponsored by the Institutes of Health looking at the heart attack risk from physical exertion found a 5.9 times (600%) greater heart attack risk within one hour of an actual innocent exertion. You could extrapolate from this study that someone out of condition, pushing a stalled automobile out of traffic or having to shovel snow could unconsciously be putting him or herself at great risk. The good news is that heart disease is now considered to be 90% preventable. Let’s all apply a little common sense and favorably affect a fewer number of heart attacks this holiday season.

Christian Wilde is an author/researcher whose work has been endorsed or contributed by directors of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiovascular Stem Cell Therapy at 10 major universities.

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