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Just one drink a day can raise risk of developing atrial fibrillation

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European Heart Journal
Reuters Health - 13/01/2021 - Even light drinking, if it's regular, can raise a person's risk of developing atrial fibrillation, a new study suggests. An analysis of data from more than 100,000 European adults who were free of atrial fibrillation at baseline, reveals that a drink a day raises the risk of developing the abnormal heart rhythm by 16%, according to the results published in the European Heart Journal. The researchers defined a drink a day as 12 g of ethanol or the equivalent of one small glass of wine (120 ml), a small beer (330 ml) or 40 ml of spirits. "The take-home message is that alcohol, even at very low regular consumption, appears to increase arrhythmia risk for atrial fibrillation, no clear threshold was observed," said study coauthor Dr. Renate Schnabel, a professor at the University Heart and Vascular Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf. "This is in contrast to other cardiovascular diseases, for example, heart attack or heart failure," Dr. ...


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