Alcohol Abuse Increases Risk Of Heart Attack And Other Heart Problems [Study]

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Jan 05, 2017 11:50 AM EST

A new study suggests that there's a link between abuse of alcohol consumption and heart problems, which is the primary cause of death globally.

As stated in the Bel Marra Health report, alcohol abuse increases the risk of heart attack, atrial fibrillation, and congestive heart failure. These heart problems have been discovered to rise with extreme alcohol gulping as well as other familiar risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, and obesity.

The health of an estimated 10 million to 15 million of Americans who drinks too much alcohol are at risk of heart problems as per the CNN report.

Excessive alcohol intake advances the probability of experiencing atrial fibrillation, heart attack or congestive heart failure. This research was published on Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 

Individuals who consume too much alcohol had the higher risk of heart attack or myocardial infarction said Dr. Gregory M. Marcus. He was the director of clinical research in the Division of Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco and senior author of the study. A previous data proposes that moderate alcohol intake could be a protection against heart problems, he added.

The research team evaluated data, which are collected between 2005 and 2009 from Californian alcohol drinkers. There are 1.8 percent individuals who were found out to be abusive of alcohol among 14.7 million alcohol consumers.

The result from the study showed that there are two-fold increase risk of atrial fibrillation. Furthermore, there's a 1.4-fold increase in the risk of heart attack as well as 2.3-fold increase of the congestive heart failure risk.

A total elimination of alcohol abuse will lessen the risks of heart problems. The study displayed estimates of 73,000 fewer atrial fibrillation cases, 34,000 fewer heart attacks, and 91,000 fewer patients suffering from congestive heart failure. These are solely assessed in the United States.

This latest study is still experimental and doesn't attest that excessive alcohol consumption will cause heart problems.

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