What is Holiday Heart Syndrome?

Monday, December 18, 2017
What is Holiday Heart Syndrome?
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What is Holiday Heart Syndrome? Ali Gorman has your answer during Action News at 5pm on December 18, 2017.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be exhausting and it can also be dangerous for some people due to a syndrome known as "holiday heart syndrome."

It can happen when you're running from one place to another - eating, drinking and celebrating the season.

If you drink alcohol excessively, it could spark your heart to beat in an abnormal rhythm and this can even happen to healthy people.

The most common heart arrhytmia is Atrial Fibrillation. It can cause a clot to form which can lead to a stroke. It will feel like your heart is racing and you may feel dizzy or short of breath.

For some people, A-fib is temporary, but others will need treatment.

If you feel a fast pulse or heart palpitations after drinking, you need to seek care.

"If you're in A-fib, youre probably going pretty fast and to be in that fast rhythm for a long time can sometimes cause damage. So it's really important to be seen by your doctor's office or your local urgent care center or emgerency room," said Dr. Leslie Cho from the CLeveland Clinic.

Dr. Cho says this is also a reminder to be mindful during the holidays and try to do everything in moderation.

And as a nurse, I tell people even if you're not sure there's a problem but if you feel like something is off, it's best to listen to you body and get checked out.

Especially when it comes to your heart - don't delay.


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