Early Disease Detection Health & Wellness

Heart-Healthy Reminders for the Holidays!

Finally, the long wait is over! Get-together parties are everywhere and the sight of overflowing booze and hearty dishes would just be too good to ignore.

But while many of us choose to temporarily ditch our diet, staff at the Rapides Regional Heart Hospital  in Alexandria, Louisiana tells us to never forget our heart.

A string of research found a link between heavy alcohol consumption and an abnormality in heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation. This is called holiday heart syndrome, according to The Town Talk report.

So, what do you do to make sure you and your loved ones are celebrating the holidays sound and safe?

The answer: act “FAST.” And by that it meant recognizing the symptoms of stroke, such as:

–Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

–Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

–Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

–Time to call 911: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

John Giroir Jr., Rapides Regional emergency department physician, said that although not all warning signs are present in every stroke, it’s important to seek immediate treatment as soon as one or more stroke symptoms begin to appear.

“If you have one or more stroke symptoms that last more than a few minutes, you should seek medical treatment right away. The sooner you begin treatment, the better,” Giroir advised.

Tags: avoid holiday stroke, healthy christmas celebration, healthy reminders for the holidays, stroke symptoms reminder

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