Holiday Heart Syndrome

Despite how it sounds, it’s not brought on by missing your loved ones this time of year

The holiday season is know for enticing even the strictest eater to indulge in festive sugary treats and alcohol at nearly every gathering.

Doctors say this can lead to heart troubles.

Holiday heart syndrome was coined in 1978 as more people rushed to the hospital with complaints of a racing heartbeat during the holidays.

Other symptoms include lightheadedness and shortness of breath.

Cardiac specialists believe excessive alcohol consumption this time of year can increase the risk.

Plus, add that to fatty foods and holiday stress.

Experts say these simple steps can help you avoid a trip to the doctor:

  • Be conscious of how much alcohol you’re drinking and don’t drive when drinking or partying
  • Stay hydrated
  • Limit salty snacks and fatty foods
  • Keep up with your exercise and sleep routines.

Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia in holiday heart syndrome.


  1. Don’t binge drink. … don’t binge eat
  2. Drink lots of water. … 
  3. Don’t Over indulge Limit fatty, salty and sugary foods. … 
  4. Watch your salt. … it’s in everything
  5. Avoid too much caffeine

* if you don’t feel right or experience chest pain ,shortness of breath please be wise and go to ER just in case it’s more serious

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