The Merry Christmas Coronary
It's not just snow shoveling that can induce a holiday heart attack. According to an alarming 2004 study, more heart-related deaths occur on Christmas Day than on any other day of the year among people who are not already in the hospital. The second-highest death-toll day is December 26, and the third highest is New Year's Day. Heart researchers speculate that the rise in what they dub "Merry Christmas Coronaries" might be due to over-rich and salty diets, holiday-related stress, and a desire to delay treating symptoms until after the holidays.