Do You Know What the Leading Cause of Death is During the Christmas & New Years Holidays? December 23, 2019

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Family gatherings, laughter, delicious food, and surprising gifts!  These are the thoughts that come to mind when we think about Christmas Day.  However, a recent research study indicates that Christmas Day and New Year holiday is the time of the year when heart attacks peak in industrialized nations.  Although it may seem ironic, at first glance, there is a profound reason as to why heart attacks peak during this memorable season.  It turns out that long traveling schedules, poor sleep, stress of preparing social gatherings, excess fatty and sugary foods, and increased intake of alcoholic beverages, all lead to the higher incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attacks), according to a study published by Sweden researchers in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).1 

How Can You Protect Yourself Against Unwanted Heart Attacks?

Although there are some risk factors for heart attacks that we cannot change (i.e., nonmodifiable risk factors), such as male gender, age over 50 years, menopause in women, there are some risk factors that we can change (i.e., modifiable risk factors), such as decreased exercise activity, smoking, excess alcohol, poor sleep, high blood pressure, high cholesterol intake from animal foods, eating a low fiber diet, and increased psychosocial and emotional stress.  Having an exercise routine consisting of 150 minutes every week will help you increased good cholesterol (HDL) and tone your heart muscle cells to contract better.  It is important to develop a stress-reduction routine every day (e.g., prayer, meditation, and mindfulness) that will allow you to remove unhealthy emotions (such as fear and anger) that increase blood pressure and put more oxygen demand of the heart.

Nutritional Benefits to Improve Your Heart Health

A large body of scientific research has confirmed that increasing the amount of fiber in your diet can help lower cholesterol and improve your digestive and heart health.  Doctor’s Favorite Fiber Plus is an excellent formula that provides 7 grams high quality fiber, to support your weight, cholesterol, and sugar levels.  Numerous medical studies have demonstrated that increasing your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids (to learn more, please, read the article on Heart Healthy Fats) that improve the electrical and mechanical function of heart cells, by giving the anti-inflammatory nutrients that support heart function.2  Doctor’s Favorite Omega-3 EPA/DHA is an effective formula that provides 2000 g of Omega-3 fatty acids per serving, with no fish aftertaste, enteric coated to avoid burping, and testing of PCB toxins in seafood.  Together, Doctor’s Favorite provides the safest and highest quality source of Omega-3 fatty acids to support brain, heart, and vision health. Since high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart attack, implementing lifestyle changes to help blood pressure are important for your health.  Doctor’s Favorite Heart and Blood Pressure Support is an excellent formula to supports healthy heart and arterial function.  Doctor’s Favorite Magnesium Bisglycinate is an effective formula that supports healthy relaxation of muscles, arteries, and nerves, and helps improve energy levels. 

In summary, following these lifestyle suggestions will ensure that you maintain a healthy heart function and lower your risk of having a heart attack during holiday seasons:

Where to Get More Help?

If you would like to get more personal and specialized help about your health challenges, you can schedule an appointment to chat with our Nutritional Expert.  We will be glad to help you achieve your personal health goals!


[1] Mohammad, M.M. et al. Christmas, national holidays, sport events, and time factors as triggers of acute myocardial infarction: SWEDEHEART observational study 1998-2013.  BMJ 2018;363:k4811 Retrieved from:

[2]  Horrocks LA, Yeo YK.  Health benefits of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).  Pharmacol Res 40.3 (1999): 211-225.

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