Christmas-related emotional stress responsible for spike in cardiac deaths: study

Christmas-related emotional stress responsible for spike in cardiac deaths: study

Emotional stress is associated with the Christmas holidays is one of the multiple causes of the notable spike in heart related deaths during the season, researchers have warned.

Health researchers have been noticing a spike in cardiac or heart related deaths in the United States and other countries where Christmas is celebrated from Dec. 25th to Jan. 7th. A study revealed that there was an increase of 4.2 per cent in heart related deaths such countries during the holiday season.

Some experts previously blamed harsh, cold weather for the increase in deaths. However, a team of Australian researchers found that such deaths also spiked during the holiday season in New Zealand, a country located in the Southern Hemisphere that experience summer from December through February.

The researchers concluded that multiple factors other than cold weather might be responsible for the increase in cardiac deaths during the holiday season. They warned that emotional stress associated with the holidays; changes in diet and alcohol consumption; as well as less staff at medical facilities during the holiday season might be the real culprit.

Meanwhile, Washington State Ferries spokesperson Ian Sterling has confirmed a boat captain’s medical emergency disrupted the company’s weekend ferry service between Tacoma and Vashon Island. The ferry was making preparations for its departure from Point Defiance on Christmas Eve when the captain fell ill. No further information was released.

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