Holiday Heart Syndrome, like Broken Heart Syndrome, is common this time of year. When emotions are high, families are together, and over-eating with over-drinking is the tradition, holiday heart syndrome can sneak up on you and cause a quick trip to the hospital.


Holiday Heart Syndrome

Holiday heart syndrome occurs when an individual drinks too much, something quite common around the holidays when families get together. The abnormal drinking can lead to abnormal heart rhythms, which allows blood to pool in the heart. Left untreated, this ‘artial fibrillation’ can cause congestive heart failure or stroke.


Am I at Risk for Holiday Heart Syndrome?

Unfortunately, there are no ‘traditional’ heart attack risk factors to consider when looking at holiday heart syndrome. Whether you have a family history or not for heart conditions, this form of heart syndrome seems to strike without warning.


However, if you are drinking more than normal this holiday and eating more than normal, which is the tradition, you fall into a risk category for holiday heart syndrome. And, unfortunately, that accounts for pretty much everyone.


How Can I Avoid Holiday Heart Syndrome?

By simply eating and drinking in moderation throughout the day, you can avoid the atrial fibrillation associated with the holidays. If, however, you do feel your heart racing or beating irregularly, ABCNews suggests stopping drinking, sit down, and try to cough or drink some cold water. This can help “reset the heart rhythm.”


While you avoid over-eating and over-drinking this holiday season, consider trying an arginine supplement such as Cardio Juvenate to help keep those arteries clear and blood flowing efficiently.


When Should I See a Doctor?

If you began to feel the classic signs of a stroke or heart attack; pain in chest and down arms, shortness of breath, dizziness, get to the emergency room immediately. If you feel the need to sit down and cough, get to the emergency room immediately. During the holidays, emergency physicians are well aware that heart disease is common, and are well prepared to see the signs and diagnose the symptoms immediately.