By: Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA
Holiday caroling party? Check.
Spending time with the family? Check.
Unplanned trip to the ER? Check…oh...wait a minute…
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 15,000 holiday-decorating related injuries last year between November and December. Couple that with the increased incidence of heart attacks around the winter holidays -- and you'll understand why ER's are a busy place for the next two weeks.
Keep Your Heart Merry
Last year, Christmas Day was actually somewhat slow in the ER -- then everyone came in even sicker on December 26. Doctors speculate that delaying care "because it's a holiday" may be one of the reasons that we see MORE deadly heart attacks this time of year. If you have a heart condition, do the following to minimize any risks:
1. Take it easy. Lots of people get wound up around the holidays -- but try to think of them as a time to relax andRead More »from Holiday Hazards! 4 Top Ways to Avoid the ER