BOSTON —The holiday season can be a time of good cheer, brightly lit parties, and the pleasure of family reunions. It can also be a lonely or stressful time, and a season of eating, drinking, or spending too much. These downsides, along with other factors, may contribute to a spike in heart disease deaths over the holidays, reports the Harvard Heart Letter.
A handful of small studies have hinted that death has its season, and winter is it. What is it about the holiday season that isn't conducive to good health? The Harvard Heart Letter points to these possible factors:
Temperature . Cold temperatures can increase blood pressure and make blood more likely to form artery-blocking clots.
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