Drinking Alcohol and Heart Failure Connected: Important Information for Good Health

Alcohol and heart failure is a concern to many people. Is there a link between drinking and heart failure? If so, what is it? Is it true that red wine reduces risk the odds of getting the disease? Should I stop drinking to prevent heart failure?

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A large study confirmed the typical U-shaped link between drinking alcohol and heart failure.

The study was led by Dr. Scott Solomon of Harvard. His team analyzed data from 14,629 people aged 45 to 64. They had been interviewed about their drinking between 1987 and 1989. The same data were collected at each of three more visits at three-year intervals. The subjects were followed for 24-25 years.

During the follow-up period 2,508 subjects had heart failure. The lowest rate of heart failure was among those who had up to seven drinks per week. This was followed by those having seven to fourteen drinks per week. Those who had over 14 drinks per week had a heart failure rate nearing that of the abstainers. ‘No level of alcohol intake was associated with a higher risk of heart failure’ than that of abstainers.

This website is informational only. It makes no suggestions about  any matter. This includes the subject of drinking alcohol and heart failure. Always discuss any health questions with your doctor.


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