Doctors Warn Heart Attack Risk Higher During Holidays

Oversized meals, partying may spur cardiac arrest

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Thanksgiving usually marks the unofficial start of the Christmas holiday season, but it’s also the time of year when there is a nationwide spike in heart attacks.

Doctors are puzzled as to what exactly is behind the trend, but some say it’s likely the result of a “perfect storm” of activity, with fatty foods, increased alcoholic intake and seasonal stress being the main culprits.

Dr. Santo Polito, medical director at the heart center at Glendale Memorial Hospital talks to KNX 1070’s Dick Helton

So what can you do to prevent a holiday heart attack?

Doctors say it’s critical that any symptoms are treated without delay, regardless of any disruption it may cause for the family get-together.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)


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