Across our country thousands of Coronary case studies have indicated a distinct increase in Cardio vascular events over the holiday season. Studies have revealed a 5% per year increase in holiday heart related episodes.
What makes Thanksgiving through the New Year such a contentious time? While we know that there are certain contributors to coronary artery disease that are NOT seasonally affected (gender, age, cholesterol levels, and race), there are risk factors that are modifiable throughout a season that lends itself to a spike in risk factor behavior:
* Increased food consumption/salt intake
* Higher stress levels
* Colder weather that constricts the blood vessels/increases blood pressure
* Over exertion from snow management
* Air quality changes in home/ wood burning fireplace residual
* Smokers/increased consumption due to added stress
* Increased alcohol consumption
Reality check! Most of us with our sense of invincibility won’t change our routines or holiday habits. So, at least be intentional this holiday season by gifting yourself and other family members with a class in CPR, Airway management, and the use of an AED for the victim of a sudden cardiac event. It could just be the most valuable gift of all!
For the most time and cost effective classes, contact First Aid Technologies by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 419-306-1287
Guest blogger: Sallie Hosack