Holiday Heart Health

The Holiday Season is hazardous to your health.  Research shows more heart-related holiday heart attackdeaths occur around December 25 than any other time of the year. Health care professionals call it the  “Merry Christmas Coronary” or the “Happy New Year Heart Attack.”

Researchers say the holiday celebrations may play a role in the increasing the risk of heart attack deaths  They also point out that many people delay seeking medical help which is a deadly mistake.

According to WebMD

The symptoms of a heart attack include:

A crushing, squeezing, or burning pain, pressure, or fullness in the center of the chest. The pain may radiate to the neck, one or both arms, the shoulders, or the jaw. The chest discomfort lasts more than a few minutes. It can diminish in intensity and return.

  • Shortness of breath, dizziness
  • Nausea, heartburn, or upset stomach
  • Sweating or feeling “the chills”
  • A weak, fast pulse
  • An irregular heart beat
  • Cold, clammy skin, or a gray color to the face
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness
  • Fatigue

You may not feel all of these symptoms. Some people experience no symptoms — this is called silent ischemia.

Women often have different symptoms of a heart attack than men. They may not experience chest pain but may have other symptoms, such as pain high in the abdomen, jaw, back, or neck.

Call 911 Immediately About a Heart Attack if:

You or someone else shows signs of a heart attack. Seek emergency help right away, without delay.

Your angina (chest pain) no longer responds to medication. This may indicate that a heart attack is beginning.

Your angina attacks become more frequent, prolonged, and severe. As angina worsens the risk of heart attack increases.

Below I have a video of the Dr. Oz show, “How To Spot A Heart Attack.”  It is only 5:15 minutes long so I encourage everyone to watch it.

According to Dr. Oz’s guest speaker here are a few things you need to do if you think you are having a heart attack.


  • The first thing to do is call 911.
  • Chew an aspirin, 325 mg.
  • Make sure the door is open for emergency services.
  • Lay down.


Three to six months of fatigue and shortness of breath were pre-heart attack indicators mentioned in Dr.Oz’s video.

If you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms give your family the greatest gift of all this Holiday Season. Seek medical attention right away.



WebMD  “What Are The Symptoms Of A Heart Attack?”

Dr. Oz “How To Spot A Heart Attack.”

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