Heart Attacks Up 40% In Last 2 Weeks Of December: Study

  • Whether from stress, cold weather or falling out of good habits in terms of eating, sleeping and drinking, heart attack rates spike as much as 40% between Christmas and New Year’s, according to cardiologist Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones.
  • Family stress is an issue for some, as well as falling out of healthy habits.
  • “During the holiday season, there are different stresses like dealing with your in-laws and travel arrangements that may add stress,” Lloyd-Jones said. “We’re often knocked off our eating and sleeping patterns, we tend to consume more alcohol, we’re not pursuing our typical physical activity and we may get thrown off our medication schedule.”