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Heart disease: hazardous

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August 31, 2009

Source: The Daily Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/6114349/Alcohol-linked-to-heartbeat-irregularities.html

Researchers have discovered that even drinking within the recommended limits boosts the chances of atrial fibrillation, a condition where the heart beats fast or irregularly.

The study involving almost 9,000 people with high blood pressure from Britain, Scandinavia and America shows that drinking ten alcoholic drinks a week – where each counts as around one and a half units – increases the risk of atrial fibrillation by 80 per cent.

During the study, 353 patients developed atrial fibrillation. The condition occurred in 5.7 per cent of those who drank more than ten units a week compared with 3.9 per cent of those who drank less.

February 14, 2008

Source: Daily Mail

The first drink [of wine] relaxes blood vessels, reducing the amount of work the heart has to do, lowering the risk of heart disease. But researchers found the next drink countered any health benefits – increasing the risk of high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and heart failure.

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