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Beer drinking after heart attack could lower risk of dying: Queen's University expert

2012-04-03

Queen’s University cardiologist professor Amer Johri is available to comment on a recent study in the European Heart Journal showing that consuming two alcoholic drinks a day gives male heart attack survivors a lower risk of dying.

“This article seems to suggest drinking beer is good for cardiac patients,” says Dr. Johri. “As a physician I would hesitate to whole heartedly endorse this view before further careful consideration. We know for a fact that alcohol has significant health risks as mentioned in the article, not only can it adversely affect the heart, but also the liver and brain. There are many published long-term studies showing the serious risk associated with alcohol. So as physicians we are skeptical when a small study comes along suggesting otherwise. That is not to say that the authors conclusions are incorrect, but given the important serious effects of alcohol, we need to scrutinize such an article very carefully, otherwise we are doing a disservice to our patients.”

Dr. Johri is the director of the adult congenital heart disease clinic at Queen’s University.

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