The holidays are just around the corner, and more often than not, they come with get-togethers and celebrations with family and friends. However, they may also be filled with activities that up the risks for heart attacks.

Heart Attack Risk

A recent study revealed that heart attack risks actually peak at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Specifically, the researchers found a 15 percent increase in heart attack risks on Christmas Eve/New Year’s compared to any other December day, with the highest increase at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve at 37 percent.

What are some activities that may increase heart attack risks this holiday season?

Food Feasts

Indulging in food is a natural part of the holidays, and often, these get-togethers come one after the other. As fun as it may sound to indulge in delicious meals, perhaps even in greater quantities than usual, it may also increase blood pressure and cholesterol.

It might help to opt to truly indulge in just one of the many parties or perhaps to just enjoy the meals and snacks a piece at a time.

Alcohol Consumption

Holiday gatherings often come with alcohol, and some may see the season as a reason to indulge just a little bit more. However, binge drinking for short amounts of time may lead to irregular heart rhythms even in healthy people.

As such, it is important to drink only in moderation no matter the person's health status.


There are more activities during the holidays, from get-togethers to parties and the added tasks associated with the colder weather. Particularly for those who are not very active during the rest of the year or those who tend to exercise less during the holidays, they may find themselves overexerting perhaps when shoveling snow, playing with the kids, or clearing the driveway.

While some of these activities may be unavoidable, it’s best to do it slowly, to take short breaks in between, and to stay warm.

Ignoring Significant Symptoms

It’s natural to get caught up in the festivities, but it’s still important to take note of one’s health even during the gatherings, especially among those who are more vulnerable. Although no one wants to spend the holidays at the emergency room, it’s more important to take note of even the tiny symptoms before they become severe, no matter how inconvenient it may seem.


These are just some of the activities that may increase heart attack risks, especially in vulnerable individuals. As always, moderation is the key to enjoying the holidays while still ensuring one’s heart health.

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