Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas...Have a Safe & Happy Holiday!

Good Morning Everyone,

It is Christmas morning. Merry Christmas to all of you. I am wishing everyone and very safe and happy holiday. I got up this morning and watched a episode of Dr. Oz on my DVR and am so glad I did. Lately I have found myself drinking more alcohol than normal. I am not a avid drinker but lately I have enjoyed a glass of Verde with my seafood meals and I think I need to cut back. Dr. Oz reassured me of that fact this morning. He stated that Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are the 3 biggest holidays for Heart Attacks.

These are 3 things you can do to prevent a Heart Attack during this Holiday Season:

  1. Limit your Alcohol Intake The chemicals in alcohol can be toxic and irritating to heart muscle. And drinking alcohol in excess can trigger atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that increases your risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure.
  2. Watch your Stress Levels Planning, shopping, wrapping, cleaning, cooking, hosting -- your to-do list balloons at the holidays. Add high expectations that the big day goes well, and your stress level can soar. Rising stress hormones elevate your blood pressure and heart rate, setting the stage for a heart attack.
  3. Be Weary of eating High Fat Meals Research has shown that eating one high fat meal can render your arteries less effective at pumping blood for up to 12 hours. Fat can cause the lining of your arteries to spasm, reducing the space for blood to flow. At the holidays when one big meal follows another, your arteries have few chances to recover from the damage.
I want us all to make it into the New Year so please be careful out there everyone and enjoy your Holiday. Be mindful of what you eat, drink and don't let anything stress you out. Love you all! Until next time......

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