Drinking Alcohol, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) and Cardiovascular Death
Those who suffer hypertension might reduce their risk of cardiovascular death by consuming alcohol on a regular basis. Regular drinking reduces concentrations of serum lipoprotein(a), a powerful predictor of heart damage, according to recent research published in the Journal of Hypertension.
Compared to abstainers, average lipoprotein(a) concentrations were 21% lower in light drinkers (those who consume up to about one and one-half drinks per day), 26% lower in moderate drinkers (1.5 to 3.5 drinks per day), and about 57% lower in heavy drinkers (over 3.5 drinks per day). The findings were similar for both men and women.
Although heavier drinking was found beneficial in reducing lipoprotein(a) levels and the risk of cardiovascular death, it is often associated with increased health risks.
- Catena, C, et al. Serum lipoprotein(a) concentrations and alcohol consumption in hypertension: possible relevance for cardiovascular damage. Journal of Hypertension, 2003, 21(2), 281-288.
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