Heart of the holidays

Published: March, 2014

'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.

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