Holiday Tragedy: Avoid Stress Over The Festive Season & Prevent Heart Attacks

At this time of year there is so much to do, and so little time to do it, which can lead so easily to a holiday tragedy. The stress of rushing around the mall doing last minute shopping, wrapping all the gifts, cooking those fabulous holiday dishes and even traveling to meet with family can be dangerous.

A person can start feeling a little unwell, possibly suffering from a pain in the chest, but with all the family running around with so much to do, it is all too easy to try and ignore the discomfort.

WCNC quotes medic Kevin Staley, who works with the Mecklenburg County’s EMT service (MEDIC) in Charlotte, N.C. Staley has often answered heart attack calls over the Christmas period and says that each heart attack call is different, but how they often can be avoided.

Staley describes going into a room decorated with a Christmas tree and covered in unwrapped gifts. Often there are children in the house, at a time of year which is supposed to be happy.

Staley and MEDIC warn that often family members wait too long before telling anyone that are suffering pain. When they first experience discomfort, they might think its only indigestion, and they rarely want to bother anyone in the family about it as they would hate to ruin Christmas. This goes on for a few hours, until they finally admit to the pain in their chest.

Staley says this is leaving things far too long, and that precious time has been lost, often leading to a holiday tragedy instead of a celebration.

Not everyone knows the signs of a heart attack and MEDIC is recommending that everyone learn those signs and ensures they don’t ignore them.

Deputy Heart Attack offers Early Heart Attack Care courses which cover awareness of the signs of a heart attack and initial emergency treatment to apply once a person recognizes the various signs. Dr. Raymond D. Bahr who started the courses, says that he hopes his courses will help towards a solution to the heart attack problem.

The American Heart Association says that signs include not only chest pain, but also shortness of breath, nausea, breaking into a cold sweat, feeling light-headed, along with pain in the back, jaw, neck or stomach, or in one or both the arms.

Being aware of what is happening is key, and telling someone that a person feels unwell is important. Ensuring that either the sufferer or someone in the family calls 911 immediately can be critical to survival.

Besides CPR training and being aware of the signs, Inquisitr recently reported on seven natural means of preventing heart attacks. At Christmas, probably the best advice is don’t get stressed – just take a deep breath and relax and try to avoid a holiday tragedy this year.