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Holiday drinking and winter cold could be a dangerous duo for your heart

December 20, 2010|By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
  • The cold snap in London and elsewhere in Europe creates conditions for more heart attacks, a new study says.
The cold snap in London and elsewhere in Europe creates conditions for more… (Ben Stansall / AFP/Getty…)

Winter can be tough on the heart.

Before you make that holiday toast -- over and over and over again -- check out this Orlando Sentinel article. "Doctors say that those who have no known history of heart disease but drink a lot of alcohol at one time are candidates for 'holiday heart syndrome,' it notes. And here’s a study that links the syndrome to higher-than-usual drinking.

Next a recent British study finds that cold temperatures also may tax the heart. How cold? This Orlando Sentinel article explains: "In the British study, a majority of the heart attacks occurred when the temperature reached 53 degrees Fahrenheit … or colder."

And we don't even want to think about what happens when you over-imbibe during a cold snap.

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