Alcohol OK after heart attack? Harvard study says yes, but in moderation.

Surprising results from a study conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health were recently revealed, saying moderate alcohol consumption is not just okay for men who recently suffered a heart attack, but may in fact be beneficial.

“Researcher Jennifer Pai studied the health history of nearly 2,000 men who were moderate drinkers. Among those who had heart attacks, if they continued to drink in moderation after the attack, their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease declined 45 percent compared to those who stopped drinking.

So, what is moderation? Pai defined the upper limit as 2-12oz beers per day, 2-4oz glasses of wine or 2-1 ½ oz shots of liquor. Pai said her research could change the way doctors look at moderate drinking after heart attack.

“Previously it was unclear whether men should continue to drink moderate amounts of alcohol after they experience a heart attack,” Pai said. “Our study shows that moderate alcohol consumption should not be discouraged if they were already consuming alcohol. And in fact, may improve longevity.”

The key word is, of course, moderation. The effects of moderate alcohol consumption are numerous, including an improvement in good cholesterol levels, lower inflammation, and a decrease in stress. But too much of it is still toxic to the liver and toxic to the heart.

Source: Fox News

This post is published by Sherman Health to provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from your physician.

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