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Preventing Winter Heart Attacks

Winter is high time for heart attacks. Before you go out to shovel snow or start your new exercise routine, learn about your personal heart attack risk.

Exercisers, Revelers Are Also at Increased Risk continued...

It's also important to watch what you eat and drink during the winter months, experts tell WebMD. "People eat more, drink more, smoke more, and gain more weight during the holiday season," Watson says.

And "the other thing is that the holiday period is very stressful in terms of family issues it may bring up and financial pressure, she says. Anxiety and depression tend to peak for some people around the holiday season and are also linked to heart attack and stroke.

The bottom line? "If you know have risk factors for heart disease like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, see your doctor and make sure you are on the right regimen and treatment plan," she says.

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