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Staying healthy for the holidays

Updated: Monday, December 16 2013, 08:04 PM CST
With less than ten days till Christmas - heart experts at Saint Elizabeth Medical Center have some important reminders for all of us - if you want to avoid the emergency room in all the hustle and bustle of the holiday. Make sure you take care of your health.
   
This time of year there are dozens of holiday shopping events -
Most involve eating,  alcohol, and celebration -which is a tough thing for those such as Larry Warkoczeski - who need to maintain a delicate balance in the body - due to previous heart events.

Larry Warkoczeski/Heart Patient : I had a rapid heartbeat, and then found out that I needed  a  quadruple heart bypass>

He's not the only one -- the hustle and bustle of a busy holiday along with a stress and schedule changes so commonly leads to abnormal hearth rhythm problems - and the need for emergency room visits -

There's now a name for it from health experts -many call this collection of symptom *Holiday Heart Syndrome.*
To avoid it - Larry says he takes extra care by ---

Making sure that I am following the right exercise, the right diet
Doctor DP Suresh,, a Cardiologist says it also helps to keep tabs on certain numbers that influence heart disease and stroke risk - especially blood pressure:

D.P. Suresh/ St. Elizabeth Cardiology  The top number to be around one twenty, the bottom number should be about 80

He also says pay close attention to early warning signs of heart disease - especially if you have a family history of the disease:

If your father your brother your sister has heart disease, chances are you are going to have it too.

In addition to that however,, there are a few seasonal foods that are actually exceptionally good for you, so these are the ones that you might want to add in this time of year.

For example -load up on Christmas oranges and citrus fruits for extra fiber-
Enjoy Clementines for added Vitamin C
Enjoy Chestnuts - they are loaded with good fats for the heart
And if you need a sweet treat -dark chocolate in moderation has good antioxidants
 
Larry Warkoczeski says his other secret is to try and exercise levels through the holiday --
Definitely I have a personal trainer I have been working with - and she's been awesome.

This is the formula to avoid Holiday Heart Syndrome - and have a healthy holiday instead.
   
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