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Heart Problems Spike During Holiday Season

Update Date: Dec 24, 2013 01:02 AM EST
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People are more likely to have heart problems in winter, according to a new study.

Researchers said that the spike in heart problems is not just a Western phenomenon. Previous studies in China also revealed higher rates of heart troubles in the colder months.

Research found higher rates of fatal and nonfatal heart attacks and irregular heart "holiday heart syndrome," according to the Associated Press.

Researchers said that he spike in heartbeat could be caused by excess alcohol consumption. Other theories have linked seasonal heart problems to overindulgence, stress and cold weather.

Dr. Richard Stein, an American Heart Association spokesman and cardiologist at New York University's medical center said that many studies looking into holiday heart trends have revealed a statistical increase in heart attacks and other problems. 

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