January 11, 2008
From Thanksgiving thru Valentines Day, sweet treats are a holiday tradition, but for some they may also trigger episodes of holiday heart or rapid, irregular heart beats.
It's called Atrial Fibrillation (or Afib) and it's caused by consuming too much caffeine or alcohol.
When Afib occurs most people experience heart palpitations, dizziness, faintness, chest discomfort and fatigue.
"If it goes on for long periods of time, blood can pool in the heart and the patient is at risk for developing blood clots in the heart that could then embolize and cause a stroke," said Dr. Mike Mangrum.
Doctors encourage people to enjoy their holiday sweets in moderation, but if you feel your heart beating irregularly then you should see a health care provider.