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Dec 22, 2010

A big NO to heart attack these holidays

Two Holidays are in sight. The much awaited Christmas and of course the New Year celebration. Regardless of the celebrations itself the favorite part of almost everyone is the food part. Eating is fun and satisfying but we must all take note of the calories we have consumed.
"I experienced being sick on the Christmas night and slowing down on my food for the New Year. That is no fun at all."

We want lots of laughing, all the meals gourmet, and everyone a picture of health. In other words, we think life will take a holiday. But it won’t. You want to believe that slight pain in the chest is just heartburn and not worth making a fuss over. Right? Wrong.
Precisely because heart attacks are so common around the holidays, you should be especially alert to these warning signs:
  • Chest discomfort, including pain, pressure, squeezing, or a feeling of fullness in the center of the chest. The symptoms may wax and wane.
  • Pain or discomfort that radiates to one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Sudden onset of shortness of breath, even without chest discomfort.
  • A cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
If you think you’re having an attack, call 911. Then chew and swallow a regular-strength aspirin.
Of course, it’s even better to avoid heart attacks in the first place. So take these common-sense steps:
  • Avoid over indulging in food or alcohol. The risk of an attack appears to double in the two hours after a particularly large meal.
  • Get a flu shot and treat any respiratory illness immediately. In frail folks, those infections can sometimes precipitate an attack. 
  • Minimize emotional stress. Negative emotions, such as anger or stress, trigger the release of hormones that can threaten your heart.
  • Bundle up outside, since cold temperatures can increase blood clotting and cause blood vessels to constrict.
And take it easy when exerting in the cold, too.

Be wise this Holidays and enjoy the rest of the year to come.

*Health Facts from Yahoo News