Cardiologist Highlights Holiday Stress as a Significant Factor in Heart Attacks
Increased stress around the holidays, both mental and physical, can lead to heart attacks and their associated deaths, according to Dr. James Cireddu, a cardiologist at University Hospitals’ Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute. He points out that people may disregard their health, especially medication adherence, as a result of the strain of preparation and the stress of traveling for the holidays.
Cireddu notes that people who have numerous risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and peripheral vascular disease, or who are elderly or have a history of coronary artery disease, are more likely to experience a heart attack around the holidays. He urges people to exercise caution throughout the holidays, not to overdo it, and to keep an eye out for their health.
Cireddu advises taking preventative action and suggests considering symptoms rather than downplaying them, even when traveling. It’s critical to identify symptoms like pressure, discomfort, or chest pain. People should also pay close attention if they experience dizziness, a fast heartbeat, or a noticeable increase in shortness of breath. Ultimately, it’s important to emphasize self-care over the holiday season and to pay attention to any possible warning signs.