The relationship between lifetime drinking and non-fatal acute myocardial infarction

October 03, 2019

New research from the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation suggests that the impact of alcohol consumption on coronary heart disease may be underestimated.

Although much of the literature to date on the subject suggests that risk is lower among current moderate drinkers than nondrinkers or heavy drinkers, the relationship between lifetime patterns of alcohol consumption and coronary heart disease remains unclear.

In this new retrospective case-control study, the researchers examined people hospitalized for heart attacks in western New York from 1996 - 2001 and interviewed them regarding their lifetime drinking patterns.

The results showed:Key takeaways from this new research include:Says lead author, Dr. Marcia Russell: "This is the first time that drinking trajectories covering the entire lifespan, including adolescence and emerging adulthood, have been investigated with respect to nonfatal heart attacks."
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Source: Russell, Marcia, Amy Z. Fan, Jo L. Freudenheim, Joan Dorn, and Maurizio Trevisan. "Lifetime Drinking Trajectories and Nonfatal Acute Myocardial Infarction." Alcoholism and Clinical Experimental Research. Published Online. 30 September 2019. https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.14190

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