Enjoy the holidays while keeping your heart healthy

You’ve had the roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, fruitcake and (admittedly maybe some cookies, too) and a few glasses of eggnog. And while, certainly, the holidays are all about celebrating with friends and family, those good times often lead to overindulgence.

Too much food, sweets and alcohol can do more damage to your body than wrecking a diet, says cardiologist Leslie Cho, MD. It can lead to holiday heart syndrome — or heart trouble experienced after too much salty food or alcohol.

“One of the things we always tell our patients is that you can have whatever you want, but it has to be in moderation,” she says.

Why holiday heart syndrome happens

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