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Don’t Fall Victim to a Holiday Heart Attack

Research shows that Americans have more fatal heart attacks during the holiday season than any other time of the year.

In fact, according to a study published by the American Heart Association, the top three days for heart attacks are December 25, December 26 and January 1.

It’s a phenomenon known as Holiday Heart and it can be attributed to many things, such as extra stress or maybe even overindulging as people tend to eat larger portions of richer, saltier foods and drink more alcohol this time of year.

Many times people get caught up in checking off their to-do list items, which can cause medication regimens to fall by the wayside. And if they do notice concerning heart symptoms, they’re more likely to put off seeing a doctor to avoid disrupting their family’s holiday plans.

Don’t Become a Heart Attack Statistic

The holidays are a busy time, but follow these suggestions and be sure to make yourself a priority, too!
       Resist the urge to do it all
       Choose gatherings that bring you joy
       Make time to rest
       Be active, but don’t overdo it
       Indulge in moderation
       Keep up with your medications
       Most importantly – LISTEN TO YOU BODY. If you are feeling unwell, acknowledge it. Don’t just brush it off as something to deal with later. It could be the start of a heart attack.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms noted above, call your doctor right away. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with our team, call us at 717-727-0480, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

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