There are many reasons to look forward to the holiday season, from gathering with friends and family to gift giving and decorating. But while these activities certainly seem harmless, you may be surprised by how some holiday habits can affect your health, especially your heart.
Although heart health is often the furthest thing from many people’s minds during the busy holiday season, it’s important to take steps to help keep your heart healthier. Unchecked seasonal activities may affect your heart health in subtle ways, such as contributing to high blood pressure or heart disease, or they may result in something more serious, such as a heart attack. Research shows that more people suffer from heart attacks during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day than at any other time of the year.
Here are some ways seasonal fun can affect your heart:
Don’t Ignore the Signs
People tend to ignore signs of health problems around the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on any of the fun. But if you notice signs of a health issue, especially as it relates to your heart, you shouldn’t put off getting it checked out. After all, keeping your heart healthy makes it more likely you’ll be around to celebrate future holidays with those you love.
If you experience chest pain or pressure, heart palpitations, weakness, faintness or shortness of breath, these are signs that your heart is in danger. Have someone take you to a hospital right away or call 911.
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