Will Alcohol Increase One’s Survival After A Heart Attack?

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It has been found in a US study that women who drank about a few alcoholic drinks a month to more than three alcohols a week, during the year leading to a heart attack have a greater chance of living longer than those women who never drank alcohol.

The findings focused on more than 1,000 women. Results and reports of the study have been published in the American Journal of Cardiology. The said study is another addition to the evidence that alcohol can be beneficial for the heart, regardless of the type of alcoholic drink.

“One thing that was interesting was that we didn’t see differences among different beverage types,” shared Joshua Rosenbloom, a student at Harvard Medical School. Rosenbloom, who also led the group of researchers said that, “The most recent evidence suggests that it’s the alcohol itself that’s beneficial.”

There is similarly a reduced risk of mortality within the follow up period, regardless of the type of drink a woman has taken, i.e. beer, hard liquor, wine, etc. “One drink a day is a really good target, assuming that a person can be disciplined about that,” according to Dr.  James O’Keefe, a cardiologist at St. Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Missouri, who was not involved in the study.

The researchers were able to inbolve about 1,200 women who were hospitalized due to an episode of heart attack. They were asked questions as to how many alcoholic drinks they usually consumed, as well as other questions regarding their health and lifestyle practices.

After about ten years of follow up, the research them realize that forty-four out of every 100 women who stopped from taking alcohol prior to their heart attack died. On the other hand, 25 out of every 100 women who were light drinkers, and 18 out of every 100 women who were heavy drinkers died. Translated in the study terms, this pertains to about 35% lower chance of mortality of those women who drank during the follow up period, as compared to those who didn’t drink at all.

In a previous study involving both men and women, Dr. O’Keefe has noted that individuals who continued drinking moderately post heart attack had a better health outcome than those who have completely stopped drinking alcohol.

In an earlier study including men and women, O’Keefe found that people who continued to drink moderately after having a heart attack had better health than those who abstained.

“You don’t need to assume that people need to stop drinking once they develop heart disease,” O’Keefe said in a report. “The problem is that alcohol is a slippery slope, and while we know that a little bit is good for us, a lot of it is really bad.”




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