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Posted on 12-20-2016

How Healthy is Your Heart during the Holidays?    

Compared to any other disease in the world, heart disease kills more people per year. Heart attacks make up the majority of these deaths related to heart disease. What’s interesting is that the incidence of heart attacks is highest at a certain part of the year. That time of the year is the HOLIDAY SEASON/CHRISTMAS SEASON and affects both men and women. A study from the Journal of Circulation stated that “the number of cardiac deaths is higher on December 25 than on any other day of the year, second highest being December 26, and third highest on January 1st.”

picture of heart beat line of a Mississauga patient

Holiday Stress can Increase the Risk of Heart Attack

Most people would consider December to be the most stressful month of the year, with the added hustle and bustle of the holiday season to the already existing everyday stresses. The added increased risk of heart attacks originates from the added mental and physical pressure that comes from financial strain, busier and more packed schedules, and increased consumption of sugar, salt and alcohol, especially in much higher portions. The Journal of Circulation also stated that “People tend to gain weight during the holiday season and take in more salt, putting additional stress on an already weakened heart.” Due to busier schedules, there’s a lack of free time to exercise and regulate a proper sleeping schedule/habits. All this added stress taxes the heart and cardiovascular system, which leads to an increasing risk of heart related events. 

Other interesting facts about heart attacks include:

  1. More heart attacks occur on a Monday more than any other day in the week. Saturday ranks second.
  2. Most heart attacks happen during the early morning hours between 4-10 AM. This is when blood platelets are stickier and increased adrenaline released from the adrenal glands can then trigger a rupture of plaques in coronary arteries.         
  3. Almost half of all women who have heart attacks will die by the end of the first year following a heart attack.          
  4. Many heart attack survivors experience the attack as the first sign of coronary artery disease. No pain or symptoms were present before the attack.         
  5. Heart attacks are 27% more likely to occur around the victim’s birthday, especially in women with high blood pressure. High blood pressure is huge indication of who is at risk of a heart attack. Blood pressure kept in the normal ranges reduces the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Avoiding bad foods, getting a good amount of sleep and just minutes of exercise every day lowers the risk of heart attacks. 

Chiropractic Adjustments are Medically Proven to Reducing Causes of Heart Disease


Proper alignment of the nervous system reduces high blood pressure and all of the associated negative risks that come with it. Research (2007) showed that a Chiropractic adjustment delivered into the upper neck lowered blood pressure greater than the use of two blood pressure-lowering medications given in combination. The most surprising finding in the study was that all of the benefits of an adjustment, such as reduction in blood pressure, occurred WITHOUT THE PREVIOUS PRESENCE OF NECK OR BACK PAIN! These corrections in the study were to adjust spinal misalignments in patients WITHOUT ADVERSE SPINAL SYMPTOMS. 

Chiropractic Adjustments aren't only for Neck Pain or Back Pain. Schedule an Appointment with Our Mississauga Chiropractors at Active Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre Today

You don’t need to be experiencing neck pain or back pain in order to experience optimal health that comes from regular Chiropractic adjustments. Every adjustment removes stress from the nervous system, in turn allowing your heart, immune system, digestive systems and every other function in your body to work more efficiently. 

With all this in mind, it’s important to get your spine checked, especially during the holiday season, to see how the alignment of your spine is affecting your overall health. The holidays are meant for joy and quality time with family, so your Mississauga Chiropractors are here to help reduce the stress and anxiety that may come your way this season. Heart disease takes no vacations, but Chiropractic provides health for the holidays. Do not hesitate to contact us at (905) 821-4951 to book an appointment to see our Chiropractors today!


Journal of Human Hypertension May 2007; 21(5):347-52 Epub March 2, 2007 “Atlas vertebra realignment and achievement of arterial pressure goal in hypertensive patients: a pilot study.” G. Bakris, M. Dickholtz Sr., P.M. Meyer, G. Kravitz, E. Avery, M. Miller, J. Brown, C. Woodfield, B. Bell 

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