Heart failure happens when cardiac muscle cannot sufficiently pump blood throughout the body. This health issue is suffered by approximately 23 million people around the world. There are a number of root causes, including prior heart attack, high blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heartbeat, drug use, chemotherapy, and high alcohol consumption. However, recent studies show that a drink or two each day can affect your heart protectively by lowering heart failure risk, especially for the middle-aged people.
The relationship between alcohol consumption and the risk of heart failure
Interestingly, the result from a study published in the European Hear Journal shows that men in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who drink approximately seven sized glasses of alcohol per week can have the chance to reduce their risk of heart failure by 20 percent. This number at women is roughly 16 percent.
Another study of more than 30,000 Swedish men published in Circulation: Heart Failure saw a ‘U-shaped’ connection between the alcohol consumption and the risk of heart failure. This means that a light or moderate intake of alcohol can help in lowering the heart failure risk. The study also says that men who drink one or two drinks a day have the risk of heart failure 19 percent lower than men who have never drunk.
Most of the doctors approve that moderate alcohol consumption does not increase the risk of heart failure, it conversely can even protect your heart’s health from other heart. Research recommend that the healthy amount of alcohol for women is one drink a day and up to two drinks a day for men. In fact, the advisable amount of alcohol contained in one drink is about 14 grams, which is equivalent to a small glass of wine, half a pint of beer, and about a shot of spirits, such as whiskey or vodka.
Too much is not good
As we have seen in many studies, moderate alcohol use may be protective to your cardiovascular health, However, it is crucial to know that heavy alcohol use or alcoholism is certainly a risk factor for deaths from any cause. Exceeding the advised limits can bring negative and serious problems to not only your heart but also your overall health condition.
The differences between men and women
Most of the doctors say that the effects of alcohol on the heart may differ by sex. Some studies show that women absorb and metabolize alcohol differently from men because they have a higher proportion of body fat. This can lead to the fact that women are more likely to attain higher blood alcohol concentrations for a given amount of alcohol consumed. In addition, some researchers found that the protective benefits of alcohol were slightly stronger for men than for women. However, people with heavy alcohol consumption (14 or more drinks per week) did not appear to offer a protective benefit, regardless of gender.
Although a drink each day can help lower your risk of heart failure, it would not be recommended as a ‘therapy’ to protect the heart. To take advantages from drinking, people should acknowledge that too much of anything is not good.
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Review Date: March 30, 2017 | Last Modified: March 30, 2017
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