No, a Drink A Day May Not Keep The Doctor Away

No, a Drink A Day May Not Keep The Doctor Away

Did you ever hear of “holiday heart”?

It happens to binge drinkers who feel a flutter or irregular heartbeat after too many cocktails at parties. But a research review suggests it can happen after just one drink.

An article in Reuters Health notes that the occasional glass of wine or beer can be good for the heart, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke as well as death from cardiovascular causes.

However, researchers who examined data collected on almost 900,000 people and found an eight percent risk increase for irregular heartbeat with each alcoholic drink consumed per day.

The study focused on what’s known as atrial fibrillation, a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. Untreated, the condition doubles the risk of heart-related deaths and is linked to a five-fold increased risk for stroke, according to the American Heart Association.

The review, published online in the December 5, 2016 edition of Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that people with atrial fibrillation who continue to drink are more likely to have ongoing irregular heartbeats even after a common surgery to repair the heart’s electrical system and fix the source of the flutter.

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