posted by: LIT First Aid on: December 14, 2018

Everyone hopes that their festive period is going one filled with laughter, joy, and love, but alas, that’s not always the case. Not only do problems take place at Christmas just like any other time of the year, but some are also actually even more likely around the holidays. An example of this is heart attacks, which studies have shown are more common than at other times. Indeed, a new study found that the most common time for a heart attack was 1 pm on Christmas Eve. But if you’re prepared, then there are things you can to keep yourself and loved ones safe.

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Why it’s more likely

Now, you might be wondering why there’s an increased chance of heart attacks just because it’s Christmas. There are three reasons. First, even though it’s supposed to be the happiest time of the year, it’s also the most stressful. Second, our good habits tend to go out of the window - we drink more alcohol and eat fattier foods. Third, people are less likely to seek medical treatment when the first symptoms appear because they don’t want to interrupt the celebrations.

What to look for

So if heart attacks are more likely, it’s useful to know the first warning signs, especially if you have a family member at higher risk of having an attack. If a person appears short of breath, or lightheaded, or has a sudden aching pain in their chest or arms, it’s important that you seek help. There’s no problem if it turns out to be a false alarm.

How to help

If a relative has these symptoms, then call for an ambulance as soon as possible. While waiting, you can give them an aspirin to chew and perform CPR if they’re unconscious.

You can learn how to perform CPR correctly by taking a course with LIT First Aid & Lifeguard Training.

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