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German study cautions Christmas revellers to take it Easy

by FFE EU News Staff



A German study found out that cases of heart attacks increase during the Christmas season. They concluded that the number jumps 1/3 more during the holidays.


Health insurers DAK-Gesundheit said that on Christmas Eves and Christmas Days of the years 2009-2012, 40 people were admitted in hospitals because of heart attack — ten more than the average 30 for the rest of the year. Peter Rowohlt from the company said ‘The culmination around Christmas in all four years one after the other is very striking.’


Men in particular were found to be prone to Christmas Day attacks.


However, majority of the reasons pointed out in the study were the result of self-induced stress, especially since the personal stress of Christmas season shopping mixes up with work stress.


The company emphasised that these stresses can be avoided, and that maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and setting healthy goals will lower the risk of heart attacks.





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