Heart Attacks, Heart Failure and the Holidays
A large retrospective study published in Clinical Research in Cardiology found that the day AFTER holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Independence Day)showed significantly higher cardiac hospitalizations for decompensated heart failure.
Why is that?
Multiple reasons: over eating, emotional stressors, decreased exercise, postponing medical care, or patients forgetting their medication.
But can over eating actually CAUSE a heart attack? Well, interestingly enough, yes.
A study by Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, of over 2,000 heart attack patients, suggested that a SINGLE act of overeating could quadruple one’s chance of having a heart attack on the same day.
Why is that?
Fatty meals could impair function of the endothelium, the inner layer of the arteries. Also, eating and digesting food boosts blood levels of hormones that raise blood pressure and heart rate.
Or, a spike in insulin levels after a large meal can decrease the normal relaxation of the coronary arteries. Any or all of these mechanisms can be at play.
So... take it easy on Thursday. Remember to take time for yourself to decompress, keep up with your exercise, and..... stick to eating plants 👌🌱
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