My wife says thinking about Heart Attacks isn’t very Festive.
I also think that having a Heart Attack isn’t very Festive. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend one at any time of the year. They can be inconvenient.
Unfortunately Christmas is a risky period. Apparently Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day are the three days on which you are most likely to experience a Heart Attack.
I’m no medical expert, but when you read about the contributory factors, there appear to be some fairly basic things you can do to reduce your level of risk:
- Keep moving: Make a conscious effort to keep up with your exercise. Take the dog for a walk. Go for a swim. Do something. Don’t let the poor weather or the warm fire stand in your way!
- Avoid excess: Enjoy all the trappings of the Festive Fare, but be aware of when enough is enough. Eating too much places strain on your Heart. Do not eat and drink so much that you run the risk of “that heartburn feeling” being something other than “heartburn”.
- Chill out: Unfortunately the Zen Meditation Book you receive on Christmas Morning is unlikely to be immediately effective in relieving the stresses and strains that the Festive Period can bring. Create some “me” time. Maybe a breath of fresh air and a little light exercise?
- Don’t overdo it!: Exercise is good, but too much exercise can be dangerous. For example, (and much to my wife’s annoyance!), shovelling snow is not great for the Heart. It’s basic stuff, but warm up properly and don’t overdo it!
- Keep taking the pills: Keep up your good habits, like taking medication. Don’t let changes to your routine or environment distract you.
- Keep warm!
Possibly most importantly… do not ignore the warning signs. Apparently it is common for people to ignore pain or discomfort, not wanting to “cause a fuss”. As a result, they wait rather than seeking medical attention. This can make the difference between life and death. Don’t!
Reminder of Heart attack symptoms: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Heart-attack/Pages/Symptoms.aspx
OK. Sermon over. Now, where are the Mince Pies?