Holiday Heart Tips
‘Tis the season to be jolly and heart healthy.
“It is common for us to see an increase in heart-related issues, particularly around Christmas and New Years,” said Brandon Stacey, MD, Cardiology. “It is important to know that if you experience any chest pain or discomfort, seek immediate medical attention or call 911.”
It’s no surprise that the holidays have a tendency to increase the amount of heart problems for the month of December, but the risk of having a heart attack could be reduced just by sticking to a few common-sense steps.
Stacey and the American Heart Association recommend the following tips to keep your heart happy and healthy during this festive time of the year:
- Don’t be a glutton. Avoid overindulging in food or alcohol. Drinking too much can lead to abnormal heart rhythm, also known as atrial fibrillation, and can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack and even heart failure.
- Stay warm. Cold temperaturescan increase blood clotting and cause blood vessels to constrict.
- Get your flu shot. Illnesses will put extra stress on the heart.
- Take it easy. Excessive physical activity and emotional stress can have a negative impact on the heart.
Learn more about staying heart healthy with Wake Forest Baptist Health's Heart and Vascular Center.