December 5, 2007
With Christmas and New Year's Eve parties, and all the food and drink, experts say holiday time is also prime time for heart attacks and strokes.
Researchers says there's a seasonal upswing in the number of heart attacks during this time of year.
December and January are the deadliest months for heart disease due to things like increased sodium and alcohol consumption combined with higher stress.
Cardiologists say stress can tip the scale for someone already at risk for a heart attack; especially if you ignore the warning signs.
"Certainly it's a big deal and you'll interrupt the holiday season if an ambulance comes over to your house, but it's always important to make it through the meal and to be around for the holidays too," said Dr. Tim Williams a Cardiologist with Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Experts say, don't delay if you're feeling sick.
Doctors warn some hospitals may be short staffed during the holidays which could extend the time it takes before a diagnosis.