Heart failure cases rise sharply days after Christmas time

Want to avoid a post-Christmas Day admittance to Hospital?  Too much stress, overindulgence and activity can propel you from your warm living room into a Emergency Hospital admittance.

One study in the US found that hospital visits for heart failure went up by 33% in the four days following Christmas.

“The holidays are really stressful,” says Dr. Elsa Grace Giardina, cardiology professor at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center. “People are going to work and worrying about shopping and wrapping their presents. Depression is common and has a linked to cardiac issues.

Well how do you stay out of hospital? Watch your salt intake, says Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of women and heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital.

“don’t overindulge in the alcohol, if you have any symptoms at all, don’t delay getting medical help for fear of ruining the festivities.”

“Danger signs that should send you to the doctor include heart palpitations, shortness of breath, difficulty lying flat in bed, swelling of the legs, and chest pain. If you’re going to be outside, dress warmly and avoid activities that increase the demands on your heart, such as shoveling snow.

Try to avoid, or at least manage, stress. Easier said than done, of course, but try not to let it get to you” Giardina says.

“It’s important for people to sit back and say, ‘I am going to control stress, and I’m not going to let stress control me.”

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