Holiday heart syndrome: How to reduce your risk

November 25, 2014 12:00 PM

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The holiday season is upon us, and many Americans will be gathering for lots of parties, large meals and family gatherings over the next few weeks. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve often involve consuming excessive food and alcohol. While fun, these traditions can actually result in negative health effects— some temporary, others permanent.

Holiday heart syndrome is a real and serious medical phenomenon that occurs when we consume large amounts of food, alcohol, caffeine and salt. One symptom of the condition is heart rhythm disturbances, including atrial fibrillation— the most common heart rhythm disorder. In atrial fibrillation, the ...

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