Booze, Health Benefits, Heart Health, Stroke

2 to 3 Drinks per Day May Benefit Heart-Bypass Patients

1 Comment 15 November 2010

Here’s to your health!

Two or three alcoholic drinks a day may prevent people, from having heart attacks or strokes after going through heart-bypass surgery, Italian researchers said.

In a study presented Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Chicago, researched said that moderate drinking might be good for your health—better, in fact, than not drinking at all, according to a trio of studies.

Not only did male coronary bypass patients fare better with alcohol, but alcohol also boosted women’s health.

“A light amount of alcohol intake, about two drinks a day, should not be discouraged in [male] patients undergoing CABG, but the benefit is less evident in patients with severe pump dysfunction,” said study lead author Dr. Umberto Benedetto, of the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy.

Compared with nondrinkers, men who consumed light to moderate amounts of alcohol were 25% less likely after bypass operations to have cardiovascular events or need further procedures, the scientists said. The conclusion was based on data from the BACCO (Bypass surgery, Alcohol Consumption on Clinical Outcomes) study, named for Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. The study followed 2,000 bypass patients (about 80% men and 20% women) for 3.5 years.

The drinking may increase HDL cholesterol while lowering inflammation and blood pressure, and help blood vessels function in the wake of surgery, said Dr. Umberto Benedetto.

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