Create Account | Sign In: Author or Forum

 
 
News  |  Journals  |  Conferences  |  Blogs  |  Articles  |  Forums  |  Twitter    
 

 Headlines:

 

Category: Cardiology | Reproductive Medicine | Dependence | News

Back to Health News

Moderate Drinking Might Help Men Live Longer After Heart Attack

Last Updated: March 28, 2012.

 

Study suggests protective effect of drink or 2 a day, but experts warn against too much boozing

Share |

Comments: (0)

Tell-a-Friend

 

  Related
 
Study suggests protective effect of drink or 2 a day, but experts warn against too much boozing.

WEDNESDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- A drink or two per day may help lower a man's odds of death in the two decades following a heart attack, a new study suggests.

The research, which appears online March 28 in the European Heart Journal, included more than 1,800 American men who survived a first heart attack between 1986 and 2006 and were followed for up to 20 years. During that time, 468 of the men died.

Men who drank about two alcoholic drinks (between 10 and about 30 grams of alcohol) per day over a long period of time had a 14 percent lower risk of death from any cause, and a 42 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, than nondrinkers, the study found.

For reference, a four-ounce glass of wine contains 11 grams of alcohol, a bottle or can of beer 12.8 grams, and a shot of spirits 14 grams.

"Our findings clearly demonstrate that long-term moderate alcohol consumption among men who survived a heart attack was associated with a reduced risk of total and cardiovascular mortality," study first author Dr Jennifer Pai, an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School and a research associate at Harvard School of Public Health, said in a journal news release.

"We also found that among men who consumed moderate amounts of alcohol prior to a heart attack, those who continued to consume alcohol 'in moderation' afterwards also had better long-term prognosis," she added.

"Our study was only among men, so we cannot extrapolate to women," Pai noted. "However, in all other cases of alcohol and chronic disease, associations are similar except at lower quantities for women. Thus, an association is likely to be observed at 5-14.9 grams per day, or up to a drink a day for women."

One expert said the study did have its flaws, however.

"Studies such as this look for associations with outcomes," noted Dr. Stephen Green, chief of cardiology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. "The public should realize that an association is not a cause. In other words, this study demonstrates an association, but does not prove that moderate consumption of alcohol is 'good' for people after [heart attack]."

Green also stressed that "the majority of patients maintained the same amount of alcohol consumption before and after their first heart attack. This study does not mean that one should change the amount of alcohol consumed. For instance, if a patient did not consume alcohol prior to a heart attack, this study does not mean that they should start drinking."

Another expert offered up other caveats.

"Though this study looked at a large number of people, they were all male health care professionals who, unlike the general population, tend to take better care of themselves," noted Dr. Kenneth Ong, a cardiologist at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City.

"The takeaway here is that moderate drinking does not seem to cause harm and may possibly be beneficial to the heart," he added, but that's no reason to drink excessively. "High alcohol consumption is definitely shown to cause a significant number of health complications," Ong said. "If you plan to add moderate drinking to your health regimen, you should check with your health care provider first."

More information

The American Heart Association has more about alcohol and heart disease.

SOURCES: Stephen Green, M.D., chief, cardiology, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y.; Kenneth Ong, M.D., cardiologist, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York City; European Heart Journal, news release, March 27, 2012

Copyright © 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Previous: Early, Temporary HIV Treatment Can Postpone Long-Term Therapy Next: Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Who Quit Statins May Face Raised Death Risk

Reader comments on this article are listed below. Review our comments policy.


Submit your opinion:

Name:

Email:

Location:

URL:

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)
 

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

 
     

 advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)

 

 

Useful Sites
MediLexicon
  Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us
Copyright © 2001-2014
Doctors Lounge.
All rights reserved.

Medical Reference:
Diseases | Symptoms
Drugs | Labs | Procedures
Software | Tutorials

Advertising
Links | Humor
Forum Archive
CME | Conferences

Privacy Statement
Terms & Conditions
Editorial Board
About us | Email

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.