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Why Do Heart Attacks Spike Over the Holidays?

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For many people, the holiday season is a great time of year. There are constant festivities between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, providing ample opportunities to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, this continuous revelry comes with a dangerous risk – heart attacks tend to spike during this time of the year. According to the American Heart Association, cardiac fatalities are 5% higher during the holiday season than the rest of the year.

A study published in the AHA Journal Circulation identifies December 25, December 26, and January 1 as the top three days of the year for cardiac deaths. This holds true in all areas of the country. Whether you live in a frigid climate such as Minnesota or a warm, sunny location such as Southern California, heart attacks spike during the holiday season.

At South Denver Cardiology Associates, we want you to enjoy a festive and memorable holiday season with family and friends. Still, we want to ensure you stay healthy during this time of the year. The best way to avoid a holiday heart attack is to understand why they occur and what you can do to minimize your risk.

Common Causes of Holiday Heart Attacks

A variety of factors contribute to an increased risk of heart attacks during the holiday season:

Tips for Reducing Your Risk of a Holiday Heart Attack

The following tips will help minimize your risk of a heart attack this holiday season:

South Denver Cardiology Can Help You Stay Safe Over the Holidays

Are you at increased risk of a heart attack over the holidays? South Denver Cardiology can help. We can perform various diagnostic tests to assess your heart health and recommend important precautions to take this holiday season. We also offer nutritional counseling to help you navigate your holiday food choices more effectively.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment at South Denver Cardiology Associates, serving the Denver Metro area with our Heart Center in Littleton, and locations in Englewood, Denver, Parker, and Castle Rock.

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