Alcohol Ups Heart Attack Survival For Women, Study Finds

10/30/2011 11:48 AM ET

Alcohol Ups Heart Attack Survival, Study Finds - It seems that moderate alcohol drinking can boost heart health and attack survival rate in women, a new study finds. Researchers found that it played an important role in women who drank anywhere from a few drinks a month to more than three a week in the year.

Moderate Drinking Can Boost Health For Women

The findings, which focused on more than 1,000 participants and were published in the American Journal of Cardiology, add to mounting evidence that alcohol, regardless of the type of drink, can be good for the heart.

"One thing that was interesting was that we didn't see differences among different beverage types," said Joshua Rosenbloom, a student at Harvard Medical School who led the research.

There was a similarly reduced risk of dying within the follow up period whether they drank wine, beer or hard liquor, Rosenbloom and his colleagues found.

"One drink a day is a really good target, assuming that a person can be disciplined about that," said James O'Keefe, a cardiologist at St. Luke's Health System in Kansas City, Missouri, who was not involved in the study.

Researchers surveyed more than 1,200 patients who were hospitalized after an attack. They asked questions about how many drinks they usually consumed, along with other health and lifestyle questions to determine their survival rate.

After at least 10 years of follow ups, the team found that 44 out of every 100 of them who had abstained from alcohol had died, while 25 out of every 100 light drinkers and 18 out of every 100 heavy drinkers had died.

This translated to about a 35 percent lower chance of dying during the follow up period for women who drank, compared to those who didn't.

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