Getting to the Heart of Valentine's Day

Albert B. Lowenfels, MD


February 11, 2019

Holiday Heart Syndrome

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First described in 1978, "holiday heart syndrome" is an acute disturbance in cardiac rhythm linked to excess alcohol consumption, often during or after a holiday. Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia seen and often disappears with resumption of normal diet and avoidance of alcohol.[6] It is most common after celebrations of major holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the New Year. There are no published data linking holiday heart syndrome specifically with Valentine's Day.


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