Festive heart syndrome: watch out for excess alcohol at Christmas

Antonio Ramírez, head of the Cardiology Service of Hospiten Estepona, has warned of the possible consequences for the organism derived from the excessive alcohol consumption It occurs during the Christmas holidays.

Among these risks, is the festive heart syndrome, which is due to a temporary alteration of the electrical system of the heart due to excess alcohol consumption and affects healthy people who do not suffer from coronary heart disease. Your symptoms are strong palpitations, sweating and dizziness.

Festive heart syndrome was described in 1978 when Dr. Philip Ettinger studied the cases of 32 hospitals and realized that after a series of days off the cases of patients with cardiovascular problems increase. The common cause was the increase of alcoholic beverages during the holidays and it affects more men than women.

The festive heart syndrome

This syndrome is caused by arrhythmias such as extrasystoles or atrial fibrillation in relation to excessive alcohol intake, in patients with days of a lot of holiday activity. According to the Spanish Heart Foundation (FEC), the days of the year in which there are more consultations for heart problems related to alcohol are on December 24, 25, 26 and January 1. Specifically, festive heart syndrome is the most common problem.

The doctor details that "the heart problems on these dates are due to several factors that can influence: on the one hand, the social and family commitments that in some people cause an emotional disturbance and a higher level of stress that impacts on health; on the other hand, the excesses in the feeding, the alcohol ingestion and the changes in our habits of life, that influence the poor control of risk factors for our health such as blood pressure, blood sugar levels, cholesterol, etc. "

Therefore, Dr. Ramírez believes that "all these factors determine that these days increase problems related to cardiovascular health (heart attack, stroke, arrhythmias …) compared to other times of the year. "

The days of the year in which there are more consultations for alcohol-related heart problems are December 24, 25, 26 and January 1

Therefore, the expert recommends cooking in a healthy way, avoid fats, reduce salt, do not repeat dessertDo not chop candy between meals, do not abuse alcohol or avoid going to bed immediately after a copious meal. It also encourages you to drink a lot of water, perform gentle daily exercise, such as walking, or not forgetting to take daily medication as usual.