Alcohol may help heart patients

Alcohol can help men live longer after their first heart attack, a new study has shown.

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Study leader: Alcohol only helps those who drink in 'moderation'

The adverse health effects of heavy drinking are well known, and include high blood pressure, reduced heart function and reduced ability to break down blood clots.

In addition, other studies have shown that any benefits from light drinking are entirely eliminated after episodes of binge drinking.

Our results, showing the greatest benefit among moderate drinkers and a suggestion of excess mortality among men who consumed more than two drinks a day after a heart attack, emphasise the importance of alcohol in moderation."

– Dr Jennifer Pai, Study leader

Study leader: Moderate drinking can help heart patients

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.

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.

– Dr Jennifer Pai, Study leader

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Alcohol could help male heart attack survivors

Alcohol could help male heart attack survivors according to a new report

Two alcoholic drinks a day over a long period gave male heart attack survivors a 42% lower risk of dying from heart disease than non-drinkers, researchers found.

Their risk of death from any cause was also reduced by 14%, though the benefits were only seen with "moderate" drinking.

Higher consumption wiped out the survival gains and increased the chances of dying so they matched those of non-drinkers.

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