New Data: Light Drinking Benefits the Heart While Heavy Drinking is Dangerous

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In conjunction with April’s Alcohol Awareness Month, Cleveland-based preventive health screening provider shares new data on drinking and heart health.

New studies confirm that light to moderate drinking can be beneficial for the heart but that heavy drinking is bad for the heart and overall health. Both new studies were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

One study looked at death from stroke and heart attack and found a lower rate of death from these conditions in the light and moderate drinking groups, as compared to both non-drinkers and heavy drinkers. According to the March 23, 2010 Internet article on HealthDay News for Healthier Living, Dr. Kenneth J. Mukamal, lead author of this study, states that this would not change current guidelines for drinking.

To learn about low-risk drinking guidelines and other important facts, including how much alcohol is in a standard drink, Life Line Screening invites customers, fans and friends to visit http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov. This interactive website helps visitors to examine their own drinking patterns relative to those of other U.S. adults.

Those at risk for cardiovascular disease should discuss alcohol consumption with their doctors. Alcohol can increase risks for other disorders, such as certain types of cancers, so the choice to drink should be made on an individual basis in consultation with physicians. Other important steps to minimize stroke and heart attack risk includes eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, not smoking, and getting important preventive health screenings.

Cardiovascular screenings include ones for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, peripheral arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm and carotid artery stenosis.

About Life Line Screening
Life Line Screening was established in 1993, and has since become the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings. The screenings are provided in comfortable, familiar community settings such as churches and community centers and are conducted by highly qualified healthcare professionals. The non-invasive, inexpensive and painless tests help people identify their risk for stroke, vascular diseases or osteoporosis early enough for their physician to begin preventive procedures.
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Joelle Reizes
Life Line Screening
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