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Moderate drinking after heart attack has benefits

01/06/2010

Moderate drinkers who continue the habit after suffering a heart attack may fare better than post-heart attack patients who give up consuming alcoholic beverages.

Moderate drinkers who continue the habit after suffering a heart attack may fare better than post-heart attack patients who give up consuming alcoholic beverages. Among 325 moderate drinkers monitored for several years after experiencing a heart attack,those who continued their usual drinking habits, generally had a better physical function than those who quit drinking. The results are in line with previous studies pointing to health benefits from moderate drinking, particularly red wine. According to the senior researcher Dr. James H. O'Keefe, of the Mid America Heart Institute of St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, heart attack patients who have always been moderate drinkers - up to a drink a day for women and up to two per day for men - should talk to their doctors about whether it is appropriate to continue that pattern.

Carter MD, Lee JH, Buchanan DM, et al. Comparison of outcomes among moderate alcohol drinkers
before acute myocardial infarction to effect of continued versus discontinuing alcohol intake after the
infarct. Am J Cardiol 2010;105:1651-4.

 

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