When we become aware of the fact that there only a few days until Christmas, holiday stress begins to settle in. Many of us are worried about Christmas shopping, being driven by the rush of accomplishing many tasks at once. What is more, those women who need to prepare many meals for their Christmas dinner may feel overwhelmed. Some may not know that this kind of behavior and impatience may cost us our state of health.
Every winter, in the US, there were reported heart-related diseases which caused deaths. David Phillips, a sociologist at the University of California, San Diego, argued that the graphics which display to hills represent the rise of the number of deaths. Those two hills represent the holiday stress regarding Christmas while the other one concerns New Years. Phillips was the first to indicate the phenomenon which is known today as “Merry Christmas Coronary.”
A group of scientists has recently developed a more detailed study arguing that the rise in holiday deaths may be accounted for by the effect of wintertime. Researchers have recently published a study regarding this problem in the Journal of the American Heart Association. They have revealed their analysis based on data gathered from New Zealand. There, the winter holidays have the same weather as the summer vacation.
The new findings struck them. Scientists have revealed that the number of heart-related illness deaths registered outside hospitals increased with 4% during the Christmas holidays. Thus, there were reported four more deaths due to the same cause every year in New Zealand. What is more, the research also unveiled that those who died because of heart-related diseases during Christmas holidays were younger than those who have died due to the same cause during the rest of the year.
No scientist was able to establish a particular cause for this type of terrible events. Luckily, Philip Clarke, an economist at the University of Melbourne who had read the new study, argued that some people may choose to travel during Christmastime and they may not always be accustomed to the medical facilities they encounter during their stay. They even might abandon care. Other causes may be indicated by a change in diet or a high level of stress. It is also likely that some medical facilities be under-staffed.
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