Christmas Eve is usually the time to spend with one’s family, have good food and maybe go for a hangout. Now, in the midst of all these, like any cheerful occasion, it has a darker secret. On this occasion, it is the greatest risk for heart attack in a year. As per a new study published in the British Medical Journal on Wednesday, the risk of heart attack for a person rises rapidly during most of the holidays. It is at the peak around 10 pm on the eve of Christmas. According to the Telegraph, cardiologist David Erlinge of Lund University, the high risk is quite pronounced particularly on Christmas Eve and the two days after that. He feels that it is particularly specific for the way people celebrate these holidays.
The researchers made an analysis of a huge trove of data while carrying out the study. It included the details of more than 280,000 heart attacks in Sweden over a period of 16 years. The researchers found out certain trends related to the time at which heart attacks were more likely to occur. The risk was slighter higher before 8 am and usually takes place on Mondays. They said that research conducted before showed up risk getting increased in and around major sporting events and on Islamic holidays in some regions. Within all these days, they found the greatest risk lied on Christmas Eve. On that day, the chances of people suffering from heart attack rose rapidly by 37 percent. The risk was more for all those who have diabetes or have a history of heart disease.
Now, what really causes this big leap? The scientists feel that Christmas Eve is a time when experience emotional stress and that tends to affect the health of the heart. Though they say this, still they are not completely sure of the reason. They think that excess intake of food, alcohol and traveling long distances might well be the reasons behind the increased risk. The times of holidays have always stayed under the scanner for having ill effects on people’s health and safety.