Hospitalizations from Heart Failure are Higher During the Holidays
4 days immediately after Christmas, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and the
Super Bowl, the rate of admissions to the hospital for heart failure patients
is 11-14% higher than the rest of the month, according to Mahek Shah at the
annual meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America.Dr. Shah speculates that the mechanisms could
be the amount of rich, salty foods consumed or it could be delay in seeking
medical care at holiday time.The
message is eat healthy snack foods, lower in salt, especially at festivities
and family gatherings.
See Dr. Shah’s work analyzing 22,728 patients at Einstein
Medical Center in Philadelphia.