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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Holidays can be intimidating with financial and emotional burdens that may cause harm to your health.
A new Swedish study released this month found that the risk of a heart attack on Christmas Eve increased by nearly 40 percent.
The observational study analyzed the timing of 283,000 heart attacks over 1
A cardiologist at UT Medical Center says it's difficult to identify a day with most patients reporting symptoms, but it's easier to determine a season or season.
"As for the holidays that cause heart disease, some people think they are more stressful and others think they are more relaxed," Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, cardiologist at UT Medical Center. "We usually see more patients trying to see a doctor by the end of the year."
Johnson says the cold and winter can contribute to an increase in heart attacks.
"Historically, people have always found that heart disease manifests in cold weather because cold weather conditions the vessels," Johnson said.
Women and Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women, according to the American Heart Association .
Johnson says research has improved in recent decades to include more information about women and heart disease. These include the treatment and symptoms of heart attacks.
"Women often have atypical symptoms, such as abdominal pain, shortness of breath without chest pain, fatigue, nausea, which are the most common atypical symptoms," Johnson said.
He says the risk factors in men and women may be the same, including: risking or early detection of hypertension, diabetes, sedentary activity, high cholesterol and a family history of heart disease. That means knowing blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.