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Holiday overindulgence can lead to heart risk

Monday, December 24, 2012

People headed to the bar or buffet this season are being warned that too much merriment could send you to the hospital with Holiday Heart Syndrome.

The medical term is atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can cause palpitations, fainting and chest pain.

Doctors say it can happen in healthy people who consume too much food and alcohol.

Intravenous fluids usually solve the problem though sometimes medication is required.

In rare cases, Holiday Heart Syndrome can cause strokes or blood clots.

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