A new study notes that there is an increase in the number of heart attacks during the festive season – and especially on Christmas Eve.
According to the Swedish study, there is a 37 percent higher risk of heart attacks during the holidays – and there is 15 percent more heart attacks on Christmas Eve than a typical day.
While heavy eating and drinking could be seen as a possible cause, the extensive study saw many great holidays and sporting events where people tend to eat and drink in excess – and the nail was not present.
Experts wonder that Christmas Eve could be an exceptionally stressful night for some because of problems, including spending time with the family and blowing a budget.
Andreas Bergdahl, director of the Concordia cardiovascular laboratory, had some advice.
"It is more important what you do between New Year's Eve and Christmas than what you do between Christmas and New Year's Eve – if you understand what I mean. It is more long-term. You need to think about activity, exercise what you eat. Try to reduce the amount of Saturated fats you eat, salt food, "he said.
Bergdahl also said that the level of activity is based on age and ability.
"If all you can do is take a walk around the block, then you do it. It's good. Just like what I do – I have fun sledging with my children. It's a good workout. Winter sports, ice skating, skiing, all that, "he said.
Bergdahl also reminded people of the most important signs of heart attack in both men and women. Don't look that much for the classic pain in the arms, he said, adding that instead the focus should be on great pressure in the chest and intense fatigue. This combination is a big warning sign, Bergdahl said.
See Andreas Bergdahl's interview above.