Holiday heart syndrome (HHS) was first identified by Dr. Philip Ettinger in 1978. This is when healthy people without heart disease experience an acute heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation after excessive alcohol consumption. It can also occur in young people. What are the symptoms? The initial symptom of holiday heart syndrome is a sudden onset of intermittent or continuous palpitations. If the ventricular rate is fast, the patient may complain of shortness of breath, dizziness or chest pain. It might even collapse. How to treat and prevent it? - Drink in moderation. - Eat to replace potassium and other electrolytes lost through urination. - I prefer water to alcohol - Limit the consumption of salty and sugary foods, which can raise blood pressure. - Controls stress, which can increase heart rate and blood pressure. How long does it take for holiday heart syndrome to go away? Episodes of holiday heart syndrome usually resolve within 24 hours. However, never assume that the heart problems you are experiencing will go away on their own. Always seek medical help if you experience heart problems, including holiday heart syndrome.
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