Most people today think of Christmas as a time of gift giving, reflection and family, however one study pointed out that this time of year accounts for 12.4 percent more deaths than normal.
A spike in the amount of heart attacks and deaths from other causes were reported to occur in a much higher rate over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday than any other days of the year. Results of a study revealed that over the 14 days spanning the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season, there was nearly a 5 percent jump in heart-related deaths and non-heart-related deaths.
This radical surge in deaths over the holidays accounted for almost 43,000 more deaths than would have normally been expected.
Researchers explored a number of the possible reasons for the significant number of deaths during this time.
* Individuals were either too busy or feeling too festive to seek medical attention or go to the hospital over the holidays
Experts recommended not putting off seeking medical attention if it is necessary just because it is the holiday season. They also urged holiday travelers to research their medical resources before taking their trip.
Researchers agreed that more studies need to be run in order to learn what triggers the “Merry Christmas coronary” and the “Happy New Year heart attack.”
Heart Center Online December 14, 2004
Dr. Mercola’s Comment:
If you are a physician or employment in a hospital you will understand what a major influence the hospital staff can have on patient status. More and more the hospital has become a place for the very seriously injured or impaired. This further compounds the challenge of or less than optimally trained for vacation coverage. It’s well known that hospital deaths grow over the weekend. Considering that drugs and doctors are the top factors for deaths, my vote for the key reason as to why the holidays have an increased death rate are the care they receive in the hospital setting.
Fortunately for you this is a simple one. If you’re following the Total Health Program that the likelihood you will need hospital care at some stage is extremely low. By being proactive and staying out of the hospital, not only do you dramatically lower your chance of dying over the holidays, you may feel so good you can more fully appreciate the social facets of the season.