Christmas Coronary - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/25/07

Christmas Coronary

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Emergency room doctors call this the "Christmas Coronary." It's a culmination of too much stress, alcohol food and some even forget to take daily medications. The consequences experts say could be serious.

In fact the American College of Emergency Physicians points to several studies that show Christmas, December 25th, is the deadliest day for heart attack patients. They say many people don't want to disrupt family gatherings, so they're more likely to ignore heart symptoms.

As a reminder those symptoms include uncomfortable pressure, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, jaw, arms or back and chest pain with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.

If you or a loved one experiences any of those symptoms, seek medical attention.

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