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New Study Links High Alcohol Intake to Increased Heart Disease Risk

With the rising news of various types of coronary heart disease, it is the third leading cause of death, possibly linked to 17.8 million each year. Coronary heart disease happens due to cholesterol buildup within the artery walls forming plaques that make blood flow difficult to the heart. According to reports cisgender women are at a higher risk for developing coronary heart disease than men due to structural differences within the heart along hormonal changes that they undergo. 

New research has linked men with high consumption of alcohol to an increased risk of developing heart disease. Doctors who were involved in the study predict that people need to be aware of alcohol consumption and this should be a part of routine health assessments. 

There is also a preconceived notion that alcohol might be good for the heart, but the evidence today suggests otherwise.  Previous studies have compared people who drink alcohol with people who don’t. It is important to explore the relation between levels of alcohol use which includes binge drinking and risk of coronary heart disease between men and women. 

In this study, researchers analyzed data from more than 430,000 people. The participants range from 18 years to 65 with no prior record of heart disease. These participants were placed in a group of low, medium and high levels of alcohol intake per week. Binge drinking habits of these participants were also analyzed which mainly includes people who indulged in binge drinking and had more than five drinks per day.  

After careful analyses researchers found that women who were not binge drinking but had a high alcohol intake showed a 45 % increased chance of developing heart disease compared to females who reported moderate intake only. Scientists also discovered that women who fit the binge drinking category have an increased heart disease risk by 68%. Thus, it can be concluded that women need to be educated about the potential heart risks for alcohol consumption.  

The study found that men with high alcohol intake had a 15% higher risk of heart disease compared to men with medium alcohol intake. However, men who were involved in binge drinking had a 33% increased risk of heart attack. 

Doctors who have reviewed the study say that alcohol levels for patients coming in for any heart issues should be measured. Every substance in moderation is always good, but a lot of anything can be harmful. excessive amounts of alcohol intake contribute to increased blood pressure, dehydration and nutrition depletion. It also results in a lot of unnecessary calorie intake which affects the strength and elasticity of the heart muscle. This in turn leads to coronary heart disease. 

Doctors today recommend alcohol intake should be limited to 2 drinks per day. One should set realistic goals for this. They can start by decreasing the intake to completely cut it out of their dietary consumption. 

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