Avoid abusing alcohol to lower your risk of heart disease
Researchers say alcohol abuse increases your risk for heart disease.
Alcohol abuse is a serious problem which undermines the general well being of people. People who abuse alcohol often suffer from greater personal problems and health problems.
The risk of heart disease is increased with alcohol abuse
Bioscience Technology reports the risk of heart disease is increased with alcohol abuse. This is a very significant finding in view of the fact that heart disease is the top killer of men and women in the United States. Although it has been suggested by some past studies consuming alcohol can have protective benefits for heart health, new research has indicated that alcohol abuse increases the risk for heart disease.
There is a 1.4 fold increase in the risk of heart attack with alcohol abuse
This study was done by researchers at the University of California San Francisco. The researchers observed that there is a 1.4 fold increase in the risk of heart attack with alcohol abuse. There was also a 2.3 fold increased risk of congestive heart failure and a two fold increased risk for atrial fibrillation with alcohol abuse.
It had generally been thought that alcohol had a protective role against heart attacks
Lead author Gregory Marcus, M.D., who is a UCSF Health cardiologist, said it had generally been thought that alcohol had a protective role against heart attacks. The findings from this new study have shown that drinking too much alcohol may actually substantially increase heart disease risk.
Alcohol abuse has been characterized as a pattern of drinking which results in negative effects in one’s interpersonal relationships, health, or their ability to work. Alcohol abuse has been observed to increase the risk for heart disease in similar manners as this risk is increased with obesity, diabetes, smoking, and high blood pressure.
The researchers have estimated if alcohol abuse could be completely eradicated there would be 34,000 fewer heart attacks in the United States. There would also be 73,000 fewer cases of atrial fibrillation, and 91,000 fewer congestive heart failure cases. Clearly alcohol appears to be cardio-toxic and not cardio-protective.
This study has been published by the American College of Cardiology. An understanding of the relationship which exists between alcohol abuse and cardiovascular disease raises the potential for prevention strategies.