Less may not be more, for the heart

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Related tags: Heart attack, Coronary artery disease

Moderate amounts of alcohol may only slightly reduce the risk of a
heart attack, according to a new study carried out in Finland.
Speaking at the American...

Moderate amounts of alcohol may only slightly reduce the risk of a heart attack, according to a new study carried out in Finland. Speaking at the American Heart Associations annual meeting this week Dr. Pekka Karhunen of the University of Tampere in Finland said previous reports that one or two alcoholic drinks per day could help fend off heart disease appeared to have been "overestimated." Dr. Karhunen and his colleagues performed autopsies on 700 Finnish men between the ages of 33 and 70. They found that drinking fewer than three drinks per day did not reduce the progress of atherosclerosis, or coronary artery disease, and only "slightly" minimised the chance of having a fatal heart attack. But the more people drank, the less likely they were to have suffered a fatal heart attack. Heart disease was the cause of death for 56 percent of people who had consumed an average of fewer than seven drinks per day. For people who drank more than that, death from heart disease was only 30 percent. Heavy drinkers, however, had high levels of fat in their livers and sperm disorders. Source: Reuters

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