The risk of suffering a heart attack in the US and other Western countries is highest on Christmas Eve, likely due to negative emotions like anger and anxiety, as well as overeating and excessive alcohol consumption, according to a new study.
Christmas Eve came with a 15 percent increase in the risk of heart attacks, researchers in Sweden said in a study published in the British Medical Journal.
The authors explain feelings of anger, anxiety, sadness, grief and stress have been found to increase the risk of heart attack in previous studies. In the current study, those older than 75 and those with a history of diabetes and coronary artery disease were found to be most vulnerable to heart attack triggers.
“Holiday stress, both emotional and financial, can lead to spikes in norepinephrine and adrenaline, which can have detrimental effects on the cardiovascular system,” said Dr. Kaitlyn Ibrahim, a board-certified internal medicine physician…