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8 signs of heart disease during Christmas that you should NEVER ignore

The festive season is all about enjoying our favorite food and drink.

But experts have warned against caution and say overdoing it with wine or mulled wine can cause a deadly heart condition.

If you've been drinking hard alcohol this Christmas you could be at risk of a deadly condition

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If you’ve been drinking hard alcohol this Christmas you could be at risk of a deadly conditionCredit: Getty

Senior lecturer in chemical pathology at the University of Westminster, David C Gaze says ‘resting heart syndrome’ can lead to a heart attack if it’s left untreated.

He explains that it’s an irregular heartbeat – known as atrial fibrillation or AF.

People with the condition often experience a feeling of tightness in their chest, but he cautions that ignoring it can be deadly.

A normal heart rate should be regular and between 60 and 100 beats a minute when you are resting.

But when you have AF, it becomes irregular and can go significantly higher than 100 beats per minute.

AF sometimes can’t cause any noticeable symptoms, and someone with an irregular or fast heartbeat may not realize they have it.

While scientists aren’t sure how common the condition is, they say it often occurs after drinking too much alcohol.

Mr. Gaze says the condition is rare in people under the age of 30.

“Its isolated episodes in young people are often attributed to endurance exercise, recreational drug use and obesity,” he said.

“However, the most common cause is drinking too much,” he wrote in Conversation.

A study was conducted in Copenhagen found more than a thousand AF cases in men and women when they analyzed 16,500 people.

They found that 5% of the men analyzed used alcohol heavily, and this was 1.5% higher among alcoholics – compared with those who did not drink at all and those who drank moderately.

Mr. Gaze said it was not clear why alcohol consumption was linked to cardiac arrhythmias but it could be the direct toxic effects of alcohol on heart muscle cells or an indirect toxic effect from the products. breakdown (metabolites) on the heart or other organs, such as the endocrine adrenal glands, which are located on top of each kidney.

He says there are several reasons why this could happen.

Different types of atrial fibrillation

A normal heart rate should be regular and between 60 and 100 beats a minute when you are resting.

The different types of atrial fibrillation include:

  • Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation – episodes come and go, and usually stop within 48 hours without treatment
  • Persistent atrial fibrillation – each episode lasts more than 7 days (or less when treated)
  • Persistent persistent atrial fibrillation – where you have had continuous atrial fibrillation for a year or longer
  • Permanent atrial fibrillation – where there is atrial fibrillation all the time

“First, alcohol interferes with nerve conduction in the heart, altering the rate at which nerve signals pass through the heart muscle.

“Secondly, alcohol can increase the release of adrenaline from the adrenal glands or heart tissue, which can alter the heart rhythm leading to arrhythmias.

“Third, fatty acids in the blood are increased after alcohol intake and are thought to be involved in the development of AF.

“Finally, the alcohol metabolite acetaldehyde may accelerate abnormal muscle contractions).”

KNOW THE SIGNS

It is important for you to recognize the symptoms of AF as it can lead to a heart attack.

Experts at the Mayo Clinic say these are the signs you need to know:

  • Feeling of a fast, fluttering, or pounding heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Chest pain
  • Dizzy
  • Tired
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Decreased ability to exercise
  • Short of breath
  • Weak

Mr. Gaze added that both the public and doctors need to be aware of the effects of alcohol on the heart – especially in people without signs of classic heart conditions.

It is one of the UK’s biggest killers and it can affect you as symptoms can often be disguised as other problems.

But what are the classic signs of heart disease that you need to know?

  1. Chest pain
  2. Feels unsettled
  3. Stomachache
  4. Feeling sweaty
  5. Footsore
  6. Arm pain
  7. Jaw or back pain
  8. Feeling suffocated
  9. Swollen ankle
  10. Bar
  11. Irregular heartbeat
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