Could a Little Drinking Help Those With Heart Failure?

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A new study says that a little drinking won’t harm and might actually help seniors with heart failure.

The average woman who consumes one drink a day and the average man who consumes two drinks a day had an average survival of more than a year than nondrinkers.

“My patients who are newly diagnosed with heart failure often ask me if they should stop having that glass of wine every night,” said senior study author Dr. David Brown, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. “And until now, I didn’t have a good answer for them.”

However, some are skeptical about the study’s new findings. Dr. David Majure, who help directs cardiovascular care at Northwell Health’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., cautions the public about their alcohol consumption.

“This research can be added to the long history of observational studies that will delight the alcohol industry and confuse the public,” Majure said. “In no way should one conclude from this study that alcohol consumption of any quantity is safe or can prolong life after a diagnosis of heart failure.”

Read more on WebMD.com.

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