Experts warn people to think twice before overeating. They suggest that heavy meals “work the heart” and may increase the risk of a heart attack.
Previous research has shown that the number of heart attacks tends to rise as Christmas approaches.
This is likely due in part to cold weather, decreased physical activity, and emotional stress, all of which are known to increase the risk of heart attacks.
But experts also point out that overeating can also be a factor. One study found that people who ate unusually heavy meals were four times more likely to have a heart attack within two hours of eating.
As part of the study, doctors in New Orleans asked 1,986 myocardial infarction patients what they ate before the test.
Of these, 158 admitted to eating “heavy food” in the 26 hours leading up to the heart attack, and 25 admitted to having eaten a heavy meal in the two hours before the attack.
“Fatty foods are especially stressful for the heart,” Dr. Alison Zeleski of the Northwestern Medical Group recently said. In addition to raising blood cholesterol levels, unusually fatty foods can increase the risk of a heart attack, possibly due to changes in blood flow. and an increase in the frequency of heart attacks. Heart rate and blood pressure after eating. If you have heart disease, limit foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates, especially during large meals or while eating out at your favorite restaurant.”
She also explained that bloating can cause a rapid and irregular heartbeat. This change in the way the heart works, known as an arrhythmia, is known as a heart attack or heart failure.
Another doctor explained that when you eat, your body diverts blood from your heart to your digestive system.
“In people who already have blockages in the arteries of the heart, any shunting of blood away from the heart can lead to angina or chest pain,” said Dr. Shaista Malik, a cardiologist at UCI Health.
The British Heart Foundation says signs of a heart attack include chest discomfort that “suddenly comes on” and “doesn’t go away.”
This also includes the sensation of pain that radiates to the arms or to the neck, jaw, back, or abdomen. You may also feel nauseous, sweaty, and short of breath.