The holidays can often be a time of excess: rich foods, elegant desserts, and an abundance of holiday drinks. If this isn’t how you usually eat—and we hope it isn’t—such indulgence can be damaging to your heart.
Holiday Heart Syndrome is the term used by some doctors to describe the adverse effects caused by unrestrained holiday cheer. People who do not usually drink alcohol may be particularly susceptible to holiday heart syndrome. Holiday heart syndrome refers to the development of an irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation, brought on by over-indulgence of alcohol in a short period of time. Atrial fibrillation is a risk factor for a variety of heart conditions including stroke, heart attack, and heart disease. Read more