Heart Attack Risk During the Holidays: An Interview with Dr. Javier López

Heart Attack Risk During the Holidays: An Interview with Dr. Javier López

August 17, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


The patients that appear to have the
higher risk during this period of time were the patients who were
older than 75 years of age who had diabetes, who were smokers and who
already were taking medications for other heart conditions. So we need to
recognize that these are the patients more vulnerable to suffer of a heart
attack at this time and if they were to develop symptoms during a celebration, it’s
important that the family or the patients call 9-1-1. The social stress
associated with the gathering and the celebrations may contribute to that . Also
the additional eating and the additional alcohol that people tend to consume
during the celebrations may have something to do with this phenomenon. In the time of Christmas it’s important to moderate the amount of food and moderate
the amount of alcohol that we consume to try to prevent any contribution that
that may have to more heart attacks and then be mindful about the impact that
the social stress may have of these celebrations on people and try to keep a strategy to maintain healthy relationships with others during
this time. Once people have symptoms of a heart attack, meaning chest pain,
shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and/or sweatiness that occurs with
the the symptoms, they need to seek attention right away. Time is very
important because the sooner you received the treatments that are
available in the hospital, the more effective the treatments are. And then
long term is to recognize the factors that contribute to having a heart attack,
such as high blood pressure, diabetes and stress, and tried to manage these
risk factors in such a way that you’ve reduced the chance of having a heart
attack.