Winter in general, and the holidays in particular, are the busiest time of year in hospital emergency departments, even in places where it doesn’t snow. Experts discuss the increase in deaths of all kinds, including the “Merry Christmas Coronary” and possible reasons those deaths bounce up.
The holidays are like no other time in your local hospital's emergency department. Having family in from out of town results in pickup football injuries, carving knife gashes, and maladies that should have been addressed long ago. Heart attacks additionally create a spike in dead-on-arrival cases greater than any other days of the year. Experts discuss why these occur and how to prevent them.