Is Season the Reason Why Heart Deaths Spike at Christmas?

Is Season the Reason Why Heart Deaths Spike at Christmas?

Is Season the Reason Why Heart Deaths Spike at Christmas?A spike in heart related deaths has been recorded in the months of December and January. The seasonality in heart deaths has been rather confusing even for medical practitioners.

Key takeaways:

·         Cold temperature is not a factor since in New Zealand – where it is summer during the holidays – a 4 percent rise is recorded in heart-related deaths.

·         Stress associated with the holidays, changes in diet and drinking more alcohol, less staff at hospitals, and being away from home — those are the primary factors.

  • People delay treatment to enjoy the festive holiday whereas other people are released from hospital to enjoy the holiday with loved ones.

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