By Munish K. Goyal M.D.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, oh my! A multitude of holidays are right around the corner and with it comes the expected stress of family, food and finances. While stress is unavoidable, remember it can lead to hypertension, depression and inflammation. All of these factors can then contribute to cardiovascular problems like heart attack and stroke.
So if we can’t avoid it, how do we deal with stress? First and foremost, relax. Take a deep breath in and remind yourself about the true meaning of the holidays. Exercise, whether at the gym, the park, or the mall (leave your credit card at home!) is a great way to clear your mind while exercising your heart. This is also an important way to reduce inflammation in the body and helps burn off that extra slice of your Aunt’s famous pecan pie. Also remember to not over indulge in alcohol. While the occasional glass of eggnog or beer is okay, excessive amounts affect our mind and body. Not to mention leading to arguments with that certain brother-in-law no one really likes.
Most of all, have fun. Enjoy your family. And remember, Roll Tide.