Holiday Heart Syndrome: The risks of drinking during the holidays

JERUSALEM POST

A person experiencing Holiday Heart Syndrome will feel a lack of energy, chest discomfort, dizziness and difficulty breathing after heavy drinking.

With holidays like Hanukkah, Christmas and more coming up later this month, many will go out drinking on holiday outings. However, be careful not to drink too much. A phenomenon known as “Holiday Heart Syndrome,” occurs when binge drinking causes irregular heartbeats (Atrial fibrillation or A-fib), and there’s an even higher risk if the person drinking already has heart issues. If a person is diagnosed with Holiday Heart Syndrome, their doctor may urge them to stop drinking completely, according a medical article on WebMD. Atrial fibrillation is expected to increase by 60% in thirty years, according to the health website Managed Healthcare Executive, which also states that it’s more prevalent among older adults.

What are the symptoms of “Holiday Heart Syndrome” or A-fib?

According to the WebMD article published last week, a person experiencing Holiday Heart Syndrome will feel a lack of energy, chest discomfort, dizziness and difficulty breathing after heavy drinking.

A study published in Cardiology in October concluded that alcohol abstinence caused a 20% reduction in Atrial fibrillation, according to the study’s authors.

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