Heart of the holidays
'Tis the season for many things — thanksgiving, celebration, fellowship, and good cheer. Oh yes, and heart attacks. We offer 12 tips for a safer, healthier holiday season.
The holiday season — those sometimes intense weeks that begin around Thanksgiving and stretch to New Year's Day and beyond — can be a time of good cheer, brightly lit parties brimming with food and drink, the pleasure of family reunions, and feelings of generosity and peace. It can also be a lonely time or a stressful one, a season of eating, drinking, or spending too much. These downsides, along with other factors, contribute to the spike in heart disease deaths that occurs during the holidays.
Striking a balance between celebration and health can be a challenge for anyone. Heart disease complicates matters a bit. With some advance plan-ning and common sense, you and your heart can come out the other side of the holidays no worse for wear and maybe even better.