posted on: 12/19/2016 2:33:29 PM
It's said to be the most wonderful time of the year, but doctors are warning the holidays can put an extra strain on your heart. According to the American Heart Association, research shows the number of heart attack deaths is highest in December and January. Doctors credit the increase of heart attacks to many of the activities associated with the holidays - like excessive eating, alcohol consumption and stress from family events. Officials say the cold weather can also take its toll on preexisting heart conditions.
"If you have any history of coronary disease, be cautious about shoveling snow outside. If you are having any kind of shortness of breath, chest discomfort, don't go out there and start shoveling snow," Lima Memorial Cardiologist Dr. Masroor Abro said. "When it comes to food intake, especially salt, and alcohol be mindful."
Dr. Abro says it's best to not stray too much from your normal routine. If you do start to have chest heaviness or discomfort - those are common warning signs of a heart issue and you shouldn't hesitate to go to the doctor.