Harvard medical researcher Dr. Keneth Mukamal and colleagues investigated alcohol consumption, previous drinking, and prognosis after acute myocardial infarction (AMI).
The investigators studied 1,346 patients age 45-70 after they experienced a non-fatal AMI. The study, which followed the patients for over eight years, recorded their alcoholic beverage consumption at the time of AMI as well as five years before that time; recurrent hospitalization for non-fatal AMI, stroke or heart failure; cardiac mortality, and total mortality.
The lowest risk for a second attack or death was lowest for those consuming approximately one to three drinks per day compared to abstainers and heavy drinkers. The risk of hospitalization for recurrent non-fatal AMI, stroke, or heart failure generally showed a similar pattern.
These findings are consistent with other scientific medical research.
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