Contribution: Rachna Arya
As the festive season is in full swing here, festive heart attacks have reached a peak.
The most common condition often seen in Holiday heart syndrome is atrial fibrillation, which is characterized by a severe cardiac rhythm disturbance. This condition can be experienced, usually during festivals.
Although people with pre-existing heart problems are more at risk and experience it, it can also happen to people with no pre-existing heart disease symptoms. Delayed treatment can lead to potentially serious complications, including heart muscle enlargement.
Multiple studies have shown that sudden exertion, excitement or double drinking can trigger a heart attack.
In this post, we share the causes of this condition and how to get rid of it.
What Causes Festive Heart Syndrome?
The sharp increase in exposure to heart-related conditions can be attributed to a combination of factors. Most importantly, people forget their medicines and skip exercise due to the festivities.
Additionally, smoking, high cholesterol, obesity and high blood pressure can exacerbate the condition, often as a result Heart failure or even death.
It is triggered by:
- Uncontrolled consumption of unhealthy foods high in fat and oil
- Habitual physical exertion
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- High levels of stress
- A period of sudden excitement
What are the symptoms of festive heart syndrome?
Early symptoms of festive heart syndrome include the sudden onset of intermittent or persistent palpitations (a feeling that your heart is skipping a beat, racing, or beating loudly or rapidly).
Other common symptoms of arrhythmia are:
- A slow heartbeat
- An irregular heartbeat
- Feeling pauses between heartbeats.
More serious symptoms include:
- Sudden dizziness
- shortness of breath
- Fainting or near-fainting
- shortness of breath
- Upper body discomfort
- Chest pain or discomfort.
How can you get rid of festive heart syndrome?
The good news about festive heart syndrome is that the condition is reversible. This can be easily prevented by avoiding triggers that can raise your heart rate and blood pressure.
Festivals are unique moments that we can fully enjoy with family and friends. However, you can do this without compromising our heart health. Here are some basic tips to help you maintain a healthy body and save your heart from the damage of festive heart syndrome.
- Eat in moderation
- Drink in moderation
- Avoid smoking (even secondhand smoke)
- Avoid fast food
- Eat something healthy and nutritious before going to the party
- Eat healthy foods like fruits along with unhealthy foods
- Eat to replace potassium and other electrolytes lost through urine
- Drink water, as dehydration can throw off the body’s electrolyte balance
- Limit your intake of salty and sugary foods
- Control stress levels.
Despite the mouth-watering food on the festive dinner table, your heart needs time to pause. The easiest way to prevent festive gluttony is to prioritize heart health by becoming more aware and informed about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Management of heart conditions requires timely intervention and regular health checkups. You have to make a conscious choice to exercise for 30 minutes 5 days a week. Incorporate some form of exercise into your daily routine to get you through the festive season.
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