Giving reasons for this, Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India, said that:
· People with symptoms of heart trouble prior to the holidays tend to delay going to the doctor.
· They do not want to spoil holiday fun.
· They are less likely to see their physicians over this period of time in order to get the acute care they may need.
· During the holidays, many people take a break from their diet and exercise programs. Morning walk is often omitted and replaced by tea and coffee, both of which are heart stimulants.
· The amount of time spent eating out and eating over at friends and family becomes more than usual.
· It is easier to find excuses not to stay on an exercise regimen.
· Alcohol consumption can increase during the holidays, which can contribute to something called "holiday heart syndrome." Alcohol has a toxic effect on the heart muscle. It can lead to atrial fibrillation -- an abnormal heart rhythm that is a classic finding of the holiday heart.
· People tend to smoke more in holidays.
· The hectic pace of the holiday season can cause people to forget to take medications such as blood thinners and pills for high blood pressure. Such lapses can lead to acute coronary trouble. Also they may get late and miss or delay the early morning dose.
· Apart winter is in any way the peak season for the heart attacks. Most heart attacks and paralysis due to brain haemorrhage peak during early morning periods of winter season due to sudden rise in BP reading.
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Dr K K Aggarwal
Dr K K Aggarwal