Heart Failure Hospitalizations Jump After the Holidays

12/19/2014 - Bloomington, Illinois

According to a recent study published by the Global Academy for Medical Education, in the days following Christmas (December 26-29) there is a 14 percent increase in hospital admission rates for heart failure. 

“[Dr. Mahek Shah] and his co-investigators retrospectively analyzed the records of all 22,728 patients admitted for heart failure to Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia in a recent 10-year period. The purpose was to learn if admission rates climbed in conjunction with national holidays (Heart failure hospitalizations jump after major holidays).”

 “Dr. Shah offered two hypotheses for the holiday heart hospitalization phenomenon that he and his colleagues documented. One, it’s likely that many heart failure patients – just like the rest of America – overindulge in rich, salty foods at holiday celebrations that, in the case of individuals with heart failure, wreaks havoc with their extracellular fluid volume. Second, some heart failure patients probably delay in seeking medical care at holiday time because they don’t want to miss or spoil the party (Heart failure hospitalizations jump after major holidays).” 

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“The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family, but also be sure to take time for your health,” said Dr. Agarwal, Cardiologist, HeartCare Midwest at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. “Especially if you have a preexisting heart condition, continue to monitor your weight and sodium intake, eat and drink fluids in moderation, and be sure to seek medical assistance if you begin feeling chest pain and/or shortness of breath.” 

At OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, we strive to provide the best outcomes for our cardiac patients. We are also the exclusive sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women in McLean County and provide many opportunities for the community to learn about heart health and preventative measures. 

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To learn more about heart failure, please visit the American Heart Association’s website.

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