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Tis the Season - To Be Careful with Your Heart


Deaths from heart disease peak during the holiday season. It may be the season to be jolly, but it is also the season for heart attacks. Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center speculate that a lot of people ignore the warning signs because of family obligations and not wanting to spoil every one's fun. Hmmm...that just does not make sense.

Here are five helpful hints to keep your heart ticking through the New Year:

  1. Continue your diet and exercise program - don't fall off the wagon!
  2. Drink alcohol in moderation - too much is toxic to the upper chambers of the heart and can set off arrythmias
  3. Don't forget to take your medications as prescribed!
  4. Pay attention to symptoms of discomfort, weakness, shortness of breath, sweating. Don't ignore them - seek medical attention no matter what is going on!
  5. Get some rest. Deep breath. Relax. Smile. Stick around to see another year!
Thank you Savenna, for use of Flickr Holiday Card.
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