Heart Attacks and Strokes Spike Between Christmas and New Year's
December 28, 2022
With many people concerned about RSV, the flu, COVID and travel plans, cardiologists warn that heart attacks and strokes spike this time of year. With the excitement of seeing family and friends the warning signs of heart attacks and strokes can be easy to miss.
“Heading into the holiday season, we see a spike in heart attacks and strokes with these being leading causes of death and injury in the U.S.,” said Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Morgan Kellogg. “While the cold temperatures could be part of the explanation, people tend to get out of their routines – eating & drinking more, sleeping less, forgetting to take medications and possibly holiday stress.”
While celebrating, people often miss or ignore warning signs of a heart attack. They are away from home or don’t want to be a burden on their family and figure they will see their doctor after the holidays. This can be a dangerous and potentially deadly scenario. “It is always better to be safe than sorry. Please call 9-1-1 or visit the nearest emergency room, they can easily do an EKG or blood test to see if you are having a heart attack and advise you on the next steps,” said Dr. Kellogg
Signs of a heart attack include, pressure or squeezing in the chest, shortness of breath, dizziness, feeling faint, pain or discomfort in the arm, shoulder or jaw. However, not everyone has these symptoms, especially women, so listen to your gut. If something feels off or wrong, get checked out. It could save your life.
If you are experiencing signs of a heart attack or stroke, call 9-1-1 so EMS can provide immediate medical care with an EKG on site and activate our cardiology team, if necessary, so our heart team is waiting for you when you arrive.