A dramatic spike in heart-related deaths is noticed during the Holiday season. Experts say the cold weather has nothing to do with it, but the season itself.
Studies were gathered in New Zealand, where we know, summer happens during December and January. Researchers discovered that there's a 4 percent increase in heart-related deaths from Dec. 25 through Jan. 7.
According to the study's results
, "There were 738 409 deaths (197 109 coded as cardiac deaths) during the period. We found evidence of a Christmas holiday effect in our of medical facility's cardiac deaths, with an excess event rate of 4.2% leading to ≈4 additional deaths per annum. The average age of those with fatal cardiac deaths was 76.8 years during the Christmas holiday period, resulting in 148 to 222 years of life lost per annum."
The reason behind the changes in death rates varies, according to scientists. Josh Knight, a research fellow at the University of Melbourne, said that individuals with heart problems might be released from hospitals to celebrate the holiday season with their families, which most likely reside in places that are too far from treatment centers making them more at risk for dangers in health.
There are different speculations that may likewise clarify the spike in death during the Christmas season. Experts said that Holiday-induced anxiety, as well as changes in eating routine, drinking more alcohol, and availability of doctors may be significant factors of deaths.
The study included 25 years of mortality information from New Zealand (1988-2013). There were more than 738,000 deaths. Of those, at least 197,000 were from heart-related conditions.
The Holiday season is never an excuse to take our health and wellness for granted. 'Tis the season to be jolly, surely. So we must take extra care to live happily and healthy.