Keep an extra eye out during the holidays….

Did you know that there are 5 percent more heart-related deaths during the holiday season? There are factors that make these special holidays so dangerous and there are also things that you can do to help prevent this from happening.

During the holidays many of us have very poor dietary habits. People tend to eat fatty and salty foods and have very heavy filling meals. Many people partake in holiday travel – this can lead to inadequate medical are as well as missed medications or doses. It is a very stressful time of the year and many people will put off their regular medical care or delay care they might actually need.

Most of the food choices at holiday parties and family gatherings are sources of saturated fats. Studies show a high-fat meal can lead to a dysfunction of the artery lining or so that very little blood passes through. So, if you already have a little bit of blockage, it closes off the vessel even more, and that can lead to a heart attack. We eat fatty foods throughout the holidays and the dysfunction in the artery lining can last 6 – 12 hours after eating. After several heavy meals, the arteries may not be able to go back to normal.

You can read more about this St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital article by clicking here
Please keep an extra eye out this holiday season when you are out and about for signs of a person having heart issues, you just might save someone’s life.

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