Moderate Drinking Beneficial for Men After Heart Attack
Many in the field of medicine believe that drinking alcohol after a heart attack can be dangerous and even eventually fatal. However, a new study may dispute that claim. According to a study published in the European Heart Journal, drinking alcohol once or twice a day may prove beneficial for men who have survived a heart attack.
The study found that men who consumed two alcoholic drinks per day after their first attack were at lower risk of dying than non-drinking men. Men who drank approximately two alcoholic drinks per day had a 42 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular problems and a 12 percent reduced risk of dying from any cause when compared with those who abstain from alcohol. In the study, moderate drinking was defined as two drinks a day. Heavy drinkers had a similar risk of death as those who don't drink.
Researchers followed 1,818 men who had survived a heart attack. Every four years, for up to 20 years, researchers asked them about their diet and alcohol use.
Alcohol has some qualities that are good for the heart. Alcohol raises levels of HDL or good cholesterol in the blood and lowers inflammation, in addition to decreasing blood clotting and increasing insulin sensitivity.
This is a very interesting study. The researchers stressed that men shouldn't start drinking or even drink more after a heart attack. However, if studies are confirming alcohol has potential life-saving qualities, maybe they should consider drinking, but only doing so moderately and under the supervision of a doctor. However, there needs to be more research before women consider drinking since the study only targeted men. It will be very interesting to see in the near future the result of such a study and how much alcohol truly helps when it comes to heart attacks.
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Date Published : 2012-04-02 13:43:03
Written By : Richard Allen
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