How Moderate, Habitual Alcohol Consumption Effects The heart

Often people who debauch drink experience an irregular heartbeat, sometimes referred to as “holiday heart syndrome.” But, people who drink little amount of alcohol on a regular basis are also at higher risk of irregular heartbeat, according to a review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Keep reading at CRB Tech Reviews to know more.

Irregular heartbeat, or atrial fibrillation, not only affects the heart directly, but is also a increasing cause of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

More than several previous studies shown that a little to moderate intake of alcohol say up to 7 standard drinks per week for women and 14 standard drinks per week for men, could actually be good for some people, and lower the risk of heart disease mainly coronary artery disease. However, this review says the story is not the same.

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the benefits of drinking small amounts of alcohol for the heart. The results are important, since chances are that people who are consuming one to two glasses of alcohol per day might not realize they are putting themselves at risk for irregular heartbeat.

The review included about 900,000 people for 12 years and reported an 8% rise in the risk of irregular heartbeat for every alcoholic drink per day consumed. Both men and women were equally affected. While moderate amounts of alcohol appear protective for the blood supply to the heart muscle, the benefits of alcohol does not extend to the electrical parts of the heart.

Effects of alcohol:

  • Effect on the cells: Drinking damage the cells and cause small amounts of fibrous tissue within the heart causing an irregular heartbeat.
  • Electro physical effects: Heart cells function in coordinated fashion by movement of electrical signals between cells. With time, drinking might actually change these electrical signals, triggering irregular heartbeat.
  • Effect on the autonomic nervous system: The autonomic nervous system controls functions like heart rate, digestion and respiratory rate. The review states that alcohol stimulates internal nervous system and leads to irregular heartbeat.

People who continue to intake alcohol at moderate rates might also notice their irregular heartbeats become more frequent. This is a grave concern, as it could lead to serious issues, like heart failure and stroke.

More research must be done to find the specific causes responsible for the relationship between alcohol and irregular heartbeat.

We shall continue to update.

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