One alcoholic drink raises risk of irregular heartbeat: study suggests – Fox News

A single alcoholic drink was associated with a two-fold increased threat of atrial fibrillation, or irregular heart beat, researchers found.The findings, released in Annals of Internal Medicine, appear to oppose the perception that alcohol can be “cardioprotective,” according to the University of California San Francisco. Results likewise associated at least 2 drinks with an over three-fold increased risk of atrial fibrillation over the next four hours, and identified a connection in between blood alcohol concentration and heightened danger of irregular heartbeat.”SOME ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION MAY BENEFIT HEART DISEASE PATIENTS, STUDY SUGGESTSResearchers carried out the study by recruiting clients from cardiology outpatient clinics at UCSF, who had at least one alcohol drink per month.

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