Holiday stress and its effect on your heart

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Every holiday brings with it the joys and happiness of spending time with family and friends. Most of us enjoy cooking, hosting dinner parties, and generally being merry. Sometimes, a less talked about experience is the amount of stress and anxiety the holiday season causes. In fact, heart-related deaths increase by 5 percent during the holidays. They peak especially around Christmas, the day after Christmas and New Year’s Day.

All of the shopping, planning, traveling and diet-busting dinner parties can really take a toll on your health.

ABQ cardiologist, Dr. Robert Taylor joined us this morning with a look at how these things cause such stress and how we can better manage them. He also discusses short and long term effects of it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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