Alcohol Ups Heart Attack Survival, Study Finds

October 29, 2011 by staff 

Alcohol Ups Heart Attack Survival, Study FindsAlcohol Ups Heart Attack Survival, Study Finds, Many studies have shown that the amounts of moderate alcohol consumption can prevent heart disease, but a new study suggests that alcohol consumption can also help women with heart disease live longer.

The study, published Friday in the American Journal of Cardiology, found that women who drank more than three servings of alcohol a week may be more likely to live longer after having a heart attack.

The researchers followed more than 1,000 women who previously had a heart attack and found that those who drank 1 to 3 servings per week, or three or more servings a week – regardless of beverage type – were more likely to survive a decade after his heart attack compared to those who abstained from alcohol.

“Even the frequent consumption has a biological importance of women,” the study authors wrote, suggesting that something is better than nothing.

But this does not mean more drinks means better health. Previous studies suggest that drinking more alcohol may increase the risk of high blood pressure, obesity, stroke and breast cancer. Frequent alcohol consumption can also lead to addiction.

The authors said that the group of women in their study that were considered in the group of abstainers might have been former drinkers who quit for health reasons. Study participants were not asked whether they were former drinkers.

The American Heart Association recommends an average of one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women.

“Our results suggest that women who survive myocardial infarction [heart attack] does not have to abstain from alcohol and in fact may have a lower risk of mortality,” the authors wrote.

However, they caution that the amount of alcohol consumed by the reports of participants was well below the recommended level.

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