This year make 'moderation' your mantra. The Associated Press released a story in today's Indianapolis Star that the Holidays are a recipe for deadly heart problems. None of us want that, do we? A 2004 study by Vanderbilt University confirmed it is a nation-wide phenomenon with peaks in death coinciding around the holidays.
We can't be to busy to take care of our cardiovascular health. Here are a few tips:
- Don't forget your medications.
- Avoid eating heavy meals with stress the heart and digestive system.
- Back off on the salt, please.
- Drink in moderation. Alcohol makes our hearts pump harder to get blood to our peripheral arteries. Avoid the egg nog.
- Too much alcohol can trigger irregular heart beats called atrial fibrillation which can cause you to stroke out.
- Exercise, especially as it gets colder.
Remember, hospitals are short staffed over the holidays, so immediate care takes longer.
Peace, Love and Moderation