Holiday stress can trigger heart disease

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THE frenzied planning and preparations for Christmas parties or gatherings can land you in hospital if you don’t watch out.

The Department of Health (DOH) warned that too much stress during the holiday season can trigger hypertension or heart disease.

Health Secretary Janette Garin said stress, fatigue and lack of sleep can cause health complications. Even traffic gridlocks that usually worsen during the holidays can also cause stress, she added.

“When there are more people, there’s also more traffic. While waiting for the traffic to ease, you can walk around a mall, which can also promote exercise,” Garin said in Filipino.


The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defined stress as the brain’s response to certain demands, both positive or negative.

Stress is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and hypertension, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Cardiovascular disease and hypertension are the top causes of death in the Philippines.

Garin said exercising and having a healthy diet will reduce the risk of contracting these diseases.

“We can have fun and be healthy at the same time if we learn to balance and moderate ourselves. Celebrate with a healthy mind, and with a healthy body free of chronic diseases,” she said.

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