Alcohol again shown to increase heart problems – not decrease them
Researchers in a new study found that 5 out of every 100 cases of atrial fibrillation occurring in a population of ‘moderate drinkers’ were attributable to the alcohol.
Alcohol does NOT lower heart disease risk.
This study confirmed again that moderate consumption of alcohol may increase the incidence of heart problems. Liang and colleagues examined data from 30,433 participants in the ONTARGET and TRANSEND trials and said “Recommendations about the protective effects of moderate alcohol intake in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease may need to be tempered with these findings”.
Study by Yan Liang, MD, of McMaster University’s Population Health Research Institute in Hamilton, Ontario, and colleagues et al “Alcohol consumption and the risk of incident atrial fibrillation among people with cardiovascular disease” as published in CMAJ 2012; DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.120412. Report released by the American Heart Association and reported by MedPage Today on October 01, 2012.