Here’s something to help you stay healthy over the holidays. The downside of all that partying is…it’s also heart attack season. December and January are the deadliest months for heart disease, and many of the things that make the season merry are culprits: Rich meals, more alcohol — and all that extra stress.
But what may make the Christmas coronary more deadly than the same-size heart attack in, say, August, is a double dose of denial. It’s not uncommon for people to initially shrug off chest pain as indigestion. Research suggests they’re more reluctant to make a run to the emergency room when it means disrupting a holiday gathering, or if they’ve traveled to a strange city. Busy revelers tend to skip their medications or forget them when traveling. Then they’re unable to get refills far from home. The biggest excuse for ignoring the symptoms is being too busy. When it comes to a heart attack, minutes matter, so you can’t be too busy to ignore your cardiovascular health.