Heart attack risk is 37 percent higher on Christmas Eve

Heart attacks are believed to be more common in times of heightened emotions, brought on by things such as sporting events, hurricanes, and stock market crashes. Now, add Christmas Eve to that list.

The risk for having a heart attack is 37 percent higher on Christmas Eve, peaking at 10 p.m., according to an analysis of when heart attacks occur. The findings, based on a database of 283,014 heart attacks in Sweden over a 16-year period, are published in BMJ.

The researchers tracked the occurrence of heart attacks during holiday periods throughout the year, during major sporting events such as the Olympic Games and soccer’s World Cup, as well as on random days of the week.


New Year’s Eve had no increased risk. Neither did sporting events.

Washington Post