hustle and bustle of the holidays can bring unexpected medical
concerns, including increased risk for heart attack and
stroke. Several studies have shown that the incidence of heart
attack and stroke increase in December and January,
particularly on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
the time of year when we often find ourselves at holiday
parties where plenty of alcohol and high-fat foods are
offered. Overindulging in spiked eggnog and rich buttery
cookies can lead to more than indigestion.
minimize the risk of an unexpected visit to the emergency
room, Dr. Kevin Barrett, vascular neurologist at Mayo Clinic
in Florida and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Primary Stroke
Center, offers these tips:
and drink in moderation.
vigilant with medication.
Exercise — and get rest.
the symptoms for heart attack and stroke, and don’t delay in
seeking medical attention.
time to be mindful of stress and the triggers of heart attack
and stroke can hopefully help safeguard an enjoyable and
pleasant holiday season.