Do you know a new phenomenon called “Merry Christmas Coronary and Happy New Year Heart Attack?”
According to a press release, certain studies show that during the festivities of Christmas a New Year there is an increase in death rates from heart attacks and stroke as well as non-heart-related causes. The phenomenon has been coined Merry Christmas Coronary and Happy New Year Heart Attack and doctors, from Vanderbilt University warn about it.
Cardiologist Keith Churchwell, M.D., associate director of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, has analyzed a national database of more than 50 million deaths that happened during Christmas and New Years holidays for more than 25 years.
The analysis of such data shows that there is a spike in deaths during December/January and especially during Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Churchwell believes that one of the main reasons for this spike may be the fact that people do not want to go and see their doctor during holidays so as not to spoil everybody’s festivities.
People having symptoms of heart issues may delay their visit to the doctor’s office. This delay may cause the disease to go further and to do irreversible damage to the hearth causing death.
Another reason that the cardiologists think may explain the Merry Christmas Coronary and Happy New Year Heart Attack phenomenon may be that people do overindulge on eating and drinking alcohol during those days and usually postpone or interrupt diet and exercise regimes until next New Year.
Churchwell believes people should enjoy the holidays, but need to exercise caution on eating and drinking alcohol habits. Healthy habits should be incorporated during the holidays as well as on any other day.
Osborn, a clinical dietician from Vanderbilt, offers some advice to stay “heart”safe during the holidays:
– Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays. Set a goal of maintaining weight.
– Avoid saving calories for an evening event so you are not tempted to overeat due to hunger.
– Try new foods rather than going for chips and dips.
– Don’t go to a party hungry.
– Turkey is a good choice – it’s lean. Avoid Eggnog and alcohol.
– Stay away from the buffet table.
– Take a toothbrush with you. Brush your teeth after you eat.
– Eat slowly and engage in conversation to slow down the process of eating. It takes your brain about 20 minutes to get the signal that it’s full.
Vanderbilt Doctors Warn Against ‘Merry Christmas Coronary