Sat Dec 23, 2006
(HealthDay News) — This holiday season, give yourself the gift of a healthier heart.
Limiting your alcohol consumption is one important step, said Dr. Ajit Raisinghani, director of the non-invasive cardiac lab at the University of California, San Diego.
He said that every year during the holidays, emergency rooms at hospitals across the United States see patients with heart palpitations and light headedness. Many of these patients have an abnormal heart rhythm caused by drinking too much alcohol — a condition called “Holiday Heart.”
“Usually the patient experiences palpitations accompanied by a sensation of light-headedness. When the patients come into the ER, we learn they’ve usually spent the weekend drinking. Most often, they’re college kids who are otherwise healthy,” Raisinghani said.
The condition usually resolves itself within 24 hours. However, some patients will be admitted to hospital and given medication to slow down their heart rate until it returns to its normal rhythm.
Raisinghani offered some other tips for keeping your heart healthy during the holidays and the rest of the year: