Patterns: Alcohol May Help Heart Attack Survivors

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR, The New York Times

It’s well established that moderate alcohol consumption may ward off heart disease. But even after a heart attack, an alcoholic drink a day may be good for a man’s health, a new study has found.

Researchers followed 1,818 men who survived heart attacks for up to 20 years. Every two years the men reported on their health, and every four years they filled out a detailed diet questionnaire that recorded, among many other things, their alcohol consumption.

There were 468 deaths over the course of the study, which was published last week in the European Heart Journal.

 

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