The 5 Simple Doctor Recommendations for Surviving The Holiday Heart Attack Season
Temperatures are dropping and the holidays are around the corner.
Danger – We are now entering what is often referred to as “The Heart Attack Season.”
“In addition to the cold weather restricting our blood circulation, most of us do things during the holidays that are very hazardous to our health, especially if we’re in poor shape to begin with,” says Dr. Debra Braverman, a specialist in rehabilitative medicine in the cardiology department at The Albert Einstein Medical Center.
Dr. Braverman says that heavy meals, excess alcohol and lack of exercise all can contribute to problems with our heart health. When you combine the stresses of holiday travel, visits from in-laws and a disrupted medication schedule, it’s not surprising that heart-related deaths increase at this time of the year.
Dr. Braverman provides your listeners with five recommendations to protect your heart health during this winter’s heart attack season.
Beware of fatty foods and large portions – Stay away from foods high in sugar, fat, cholesterol and salt, and make sure your holiday dinner table consists of lots of veggies, fruits, lean protein and whole grains.
Exercise – Try 30 minutes of light exercise per day to help strengthen the heart by delivering more oxygen to the body. Exercise also lowers blood pressure and helps decrease cholesterol levels.
Stop smoking – Replace your smoking routine with a 30-minute exercise session, which will help distract you and get your mind off smoking. Exercise is also a great way to combat stress, which can often trigger nicotine cravings.
Avoid those obvious holiday heart attack triggers – Excess physical exertion (i.e. shoveling snow), overeating, lack of sleep, emotional stress, cold temperatures, illegal drugs and alcohol
Talk to your doctor – For those diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, stay regular with your medications and ask your doctor about a new non-invasive treatment to improve circulation and overall heart health called EECP.
Dr. Braverman has successfully helped thousands of heart patients using the non-invasive therapy called EECP (External Enhanced Counterpulsation). Over 160 peer-reviewed publications have shown EECP to be an effective and painless treatment for reducing or eliminating chest pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. The new therapy also improves the ability to engage in physical activity, blood flow and quality of life.