The holidays are supposed to a happy time. However, a new study has shown that people are most likely to have a heart attack on Christmas Eve. David Erling is a cardiologist who works for Lund University. He stated that a person’s heart attack risk peaks on Christmas Eve and the two days afterwards.
According to boston25news.com, the study involved 238,000 people who had suffered a heart attack between 1998 and 2013. They found that there were an average of 50 heart attacks per day. However, there were an average of 69 heart attacks on Christmas Eve. The incidents were more likely to occur after 10 P.M.
David stated that they do not know why people are more likely to have a heart attack on Christmas Eve. However, he believes that the stress of the holidays may play a role in this. Stress, anxiety, anger and grief can put a person at risk for having a heart attack. Furthermore, overeating, travel and alcohol can make you more susceptible to having a heart attack.
The study also found that heart attack risk was higher on Mondays and New Year’s Eve. People who were over the age of 75 and those who have pre-existing heart conditions were even more likely to have a heart attack. Easter and sports events did not seem to increase the risk of a heart attack.
The researchers noted that this was an observational study. However, people still need to be aware of this risk. A heart attack occurs when blood circulation to the heart is either reduced or cut off completely. It can occur if the coronary arteries have fat or plaque building up in them. The coronary arteries are the one that lead to the heart. A person has a heart attack every 40 seconds in the United States.