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Alcohol and Heart Disease

Alcohol directly contributes to heart disease and stroke as heavy drinking raises levels of triglycerides circulating in the bloodstream, leading to diabetes and blocked or narrowed arteries that carry blood to the heart, resulting in heart disease or stroke. Alcohol directly contributes to heart failure by damaging the heart muscle and arteries. Cardiomyopathy, results from long-term alcohol use and alcohol is also associated with cardiac arrhythmia, sudden cardiac death and stroke Binge drinking increases the risk of atrial fibrillation which is an ineffective quivering of the heart instead of an actual beat.

Moderate alcohol consumption sometimes offers protection against heart disease for some people and heart-related benefits of alcohol include:

  • Raises HDL level.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Prevents formation of blood clots
  • Helps prevent artery damage caused by high LDL