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  •  Christmas Is A Peak Day For Fatal Heart Attacks (8+ / 0-)

    Killed our neighbors brother in law three years ago, killed my ex mother in law two years ago.  There's something like 40,000 excess death between Christmas and New Years, including  flu season deaths.

    The peak days for heart attacks Decenber 25, 26, and new Years Day. This includes mild heart problems but also massive Dead On Arrival heart attacks.

    But the holiday season isn't good for heart health to begin with. A 2004 study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Tufts University found that heart-related deaths increase by nearly 5% during the holidays, perhaps because patients delay seeking treatment for heart problems or because hospital staffing patterns change.
    But anecdotally, doctors say that their ERs stay quiet on Christmas Day itself. Then, come December 26, they see a surge of cardiac traffic. A 2008 study found that daily visits to hospitals for heart failure increased by 33% during the four days after Christmas.

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    by bernardpliers on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 02:04:21 AM PST

    •  Does anybody know why? Is it overeating? (0+ / 0-)

      Too much drinking?  Family tensions?

      •  All of the above, most likely. (0+ / 0-)

        The alcohol probably the least of it - large quantities of high fat food plus stress.

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        by Chico David RN on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 12:03:41 PM PST

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        •  My guesses (2+ / 0-)
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          Salt overload-even the turkey which should be healthy is now often infused with salt to "plump it out" and then brined and possibly deep fried.  Really excellent for provoking heart failure.

          Alcohol-not just the EtOH itself but the release of inhibitions re eating and in some cases smoking.

          Family tensions and stresses.

          Fatigue from travel, often leading to dehydration and potential clotting problems from long periods of extended cramped sitting.

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          by barbwires on Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 01:25:36 PM PST

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