Holiday Heart Syndrome – Balanced Living Magazine

Learn about holiday heart syndrome risks

People associate holidays with time off from work and festive gatherings with friends and family. Many Americans visit with one another over an array of food and drinks. The festive atmosphere and relaxed environment frequently result in the overindulgence of both food and drink – specifically alcoholic drinks. While people can overindulge any time of year, hospital physicians and emergency responders see far more patients presenting with health problems, such as holiday heart syndrome, caused by these excesses during the holidays than at any other time.

What is holiday heart syndrome?

Dr. Sahil Ashwin Parikh, cardiovascular medicine specialist at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center explains, “The term holiday heart syndrome refers to heart palpitations or arrhythmia, specifically atrial fibrillation, that occurs after a patient has consumed even moderate amounts of alcohol – especially when that isn’t the norm for the patient.”  This syndrome can occur in apparently healthy people with no history of, or predisposition for, rhythm disturbances. Read more…

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