Deadly heart attacks increase by 50% during the holiday season. AHA volunteer advocate and interventional cardiologist Drew Purdy with Regional Health Heart Doctors explains, “The days with the highest number of heart attacks are Christmas Day, the day after Christmas and the first of the year.” Dr. Purdy says this is due to the many stressors of the holidays. Colder weather, financial stress, and over eating to name a few.
"Because [people] are so busy and there are so many things to go to they don't necessarily seek medical care maybe as probably during the holidays…so for all of those reasons I certainly think they have a higher risk" says Purdy.
He suggests lowering your holiday stress by avoiding large shopping crowds, trying not to indulge during meals (especially ones that contain high salt and fat) and avoiding alcohol.