Christmas Eve, bag collapses and other times when the risk of heart attacks increases – MarketWatch

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Christmas can be a happy moment, but the day before has been linked to a 37% increase in heart attacks.

Smoking, excessive drinkingis sleeping too much or too little can shorten your life, but also stress. A new study states that Christmas Eve, among other key events of the year, increases the risk of a heart attack.

The research, published in the latest edition of the BMJ (British Medical Journal) peer-reviewed, found that the risk of a potentially fatal heart attack reaches a peak of 37% around 10:00. on Christmas Eve, especially for older and sick people, most likely due to stress and anxiety during the holiday season, the report adds. He said that these people are probably already at risk of having a heart attack.

The risk was even higher during the New Year party, and midsummer holidays, and 8.00 am on Monday mornings, but not during Easter holidays or major sporting events, the study concluded. "Other short-term events related to emotional stress, such as major sporting events, hurricanes and stock market incidents, have also been associated with a higher risk of heart attack," he added.

The authors, however, note that anger, anxiety, sadness, pain and stress have previously been associated with an increased risk of heart attack, as well as physical activity and changes in lifestyle, according to David Erlinge, head of cardiology at Lund University in Sweden, who led the study. People are likely to experience "intense emotions" during stressful vacations, he said.

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Previous studies have also shown a peak of heart attacks throughout the Western world during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, and during Islamic holidays in countries where religion predominates, the study concluded. This latest research analyzed the exact times of 283,014 heart attacks reported to the Swedish registry of coronary units over a period from 1998 to 2013.

The risk of heart attack was the highest in people over 75 years, and those with existing diabetes and heart disease, which researchers underlined highlighted the need for greater awareness around the problem and the possible causes of stress. Contrary to previous studies that examined heart attacks and events, they found no greater risk during sporting events or during Easter holidays.

The authors stated that this is the largest study using heart attack data from a well-known registry, but they also cautioned that it is an "observational study", so they did not draw definitive conclusions about cause and effect. That is, the results suggest correlation rather than causality and can not rule out other variables that could contribute to this major health crisis.

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