Holiday Heart Syndrome: Holiday Drinking Can Harm Your Heart

Clinking of wine glasses at a Christmas table

During the holiday season, many people may indulge in an extra glass of wine at dinner or that fun cocktail at the work holiday party. This could lead to “holiday heart,” or when someone experiences alcohol-induced atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, a rapid, chaotic heart rhythm. If you have a persistent racing heartbeat, chest pain, or difficulty breathing, it’s important for you to seek out care. In order to avoid holiday heart, be sure to drink plenty of water, take your medications, and find time for joyful movement.

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