Monthly Archives: December 2016


MehraVista Moment: Avoid a “Holiday Heart”

MehraVista Moment December 2016 What? Holiday Heart, a term coined in 1978 which refers to a potentially life threatening condition when the heart beats irregularly as a result of excessive alcohol consumption around holidays and other special events. Symptoms? Chest pain.  Heart racing.  Heart palpitations.  Light headedness.  Shortness of breath. Who? This condition involves a person who may otherwise have a healthy heart but binge drinks around the holidays.  Other contributing factors include heavy eating, smoking, extra salt intake, dehydration, stress and cold weather.  Depression can also contribute to having an unhealthy heart. Clinical Course? The symptoms described above can