Sunday, February 24, 2008

Moderate consumption of alcohol has a positive effect on the outcome of myocardial infarction

The positive impact on fatal and fatal outcomes of acute myocardial infarction may have moderate alcohol consumption, said Swedish researcher Imre Janszky of the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, together with co-authors conducted a study of the long-term relationship between alcohol consumption and total and cardiovascular mortality of patients underwent a first myocardial infarction. The study also takes into account the peculiarities of alcohol consumption during the 5 years to myocardial infarction or myocardial infarction at the time.

Studies have covered 1346 patients aged 45 to 70 years, who were asked to fill out a standard questionnaire, which includes questions about alcohol consumption.

Over 8 years of monitoring 267 patients died. Of these, 145 people died of heart disease. In patients addicts 5 g, 5-20 g and more than 20 g of alcohol per day, rates of death from all causes were lower compared with those who did not consume alcohol for a long time with a relative risk of 0.77, 0.77 and 0.89 respectively.

The corresponding relative risk of death from cardiovascular causes were, respectively, 0.61, 0.62 and 0.69. Similarity of had a relationship of alcohol consumption and the risk of new nefatalnogo myocardial infarction, hospital admissions for heart failure and hospital admissions for myocardial infarction.

Responding to an article of Swedish researchers, Michael de Lorgeril (University of Grenoble, France) said that the moderate consumption of alcohol post-myocardial infarction patients seem more effective in extending the lives of these patients than lipoproteins intensive therapy.