馃挃 What is "Holiday Heart Syndrome"?

Discover this syndrome that will surprise you. Very important information now that the holidays are coming.

12/7/20232 min read

Holiday heart syndrome, also known as holiday heart syndrome in English, is a medical condition characterized by the onset of cardiac arrhythmias in healthy individuals after consuming excessive alcohol.

How does "holiday heart" occur?
Excessive alcohol consumption can negatively affect the cardiovascular system, causing changes in heart rhythm. Holiday heart syndrome occurs when excessive alcohol consumption leads to an arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular and rapid contraction of the upper chambers of the heart. Atrial fibrillation can be temporary or persistent and may cause symptoms such as rapid and irregular heartbeats, often accompanied by shortness of breath. In some cases, it can lead to more serious complications such as strokes or heart failure.

What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms are rapid and irregular heartbeats, often accompanied by shortness of breath. They may occur intermittently or persist for hours. Today, some smartwatches can detect these types of arrhythmias and provide a very accurate diagnosis (for example, the Apple Watch app iHealth). https://www.drcaroli.com/-wearables-o-dispositivos-para-monitorear-tu-salud-son-realmente-utiles

How is holiday heart syndrome treated?
If you experience symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia after c
onsuming excessive alcohol, it is important to consult a doctor immediately. Treatment for holiday heart syndrome may include:
- Controlling heart rate with medication.
- Restoring normal heart rhythm through electrical cardioversion.
- Using anticoagulants to prevent blood clot formation.
- Adopting lifestyle changes, such as reducing or avoiding alcohol consumption.

How can you prevent holiday heart syndrome?
- Consume alcohol moderately and responsibly.
- Drink water between alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated.
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption in a short time.
- Do not combine alcohol with other substances that may affect the cardiovascular system.

If you have a history of cardiac arrhythmias, it is advisable to avoid alcohol consumption altogether.

馃挕 It is important to consult your cardiologist for a detailed clinical evaluation and identify what is happening.

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