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Holiday heart attacks: Know the signs, act fast

Heart attacks are more common during the holidays than any other time of the year. Stress, strained finances, and unhealthy eating and drinking are among the possible culprits.

Give yourself the gift of life

Don't ignore a holiday heart attack

You may be tempted to shrug off signs and symptoms of a heart attack because you don't want to spoil the holidays. But it's crucial to act fast. Minutes can mean the difference between whether or not you'll live to celebrate another holiday. Call 911 if you have:


  • Pain or discomfort in your chest.
  • Discomfort or pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath without or without chest pain.
  • Light-headedness, nausea or vomiting, or if you break out in a cold sweat.

Source: American Heart Association

reviewed 4/13/2020

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