Increased Risk of Heart Attacks During the Holidays

By Tyler Sutherland

Heart and Stroke Foundation of ManitobaA warning from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba says that more people die from a heart attack stroke in the winter months than during warmer weather.

The organization said once you factor in cold weather and an increased blood pressure, older Canadians are at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.

“Maintaining healthy habits through the holidays is a challenge, but it’s so important,” said Lisa Baldwin, heart health manager for the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba. “With a little planning and mindfulness, you can find a healthy balance and still enjoy the season.”

The HSF offers up some tips to enjoying a healthier holiday, such as eating well, being physically active, managing your stress, limiting alcohol and being smoke free.

“But of course that can be especially difficult this season, with its whirl of social demands, temptations and stress.”

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