Many people take the holidays to heart – literally. While it’s a time of year to open your heart and show love for friends and family and even strangers, it’s also a time when you should mind your heart health due to certain risks. You may not have heard of this one, but holiday heart syndrome is a real thing, that carries real consequences.
It’s typically brought on by the number of parties that happen over the holiday season – but more specifically, how many adult beverages you consume during it. Let’s take a look at 12 things you should know about the syndrome, and how to prevent it…
The Name Originated More than 40 Years Ago
While you might just be hearing about holiday heart syndrome for the first time while reading this, it’s actually a phrase coined by a cardiologist in the 1970s. The doctor’s name was Philip Ettinger, who noticed that normally healthy patients had some issues with their heart around the festive season.
The original study that prompted the syndrome to be recognized involved 24 patients who were heavy and consistent drinkers, but who also binged during time off (namely the holidays). The doctors named it to be catchy and recognizable, but didn’t think it would still be as popular 40 years down the road, according to MedPage Today.