March 23rd, 2004

cea pro choice

[PER] Daily Drink Eases Hypertensives' Heart Risk

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The protection against heart disease from moderate drinking extends to men with high blood pressure, suggesting current advice for such patients to avoid alcohol is wrong, researchers said on Monday.

Long recognized as a stress reducer that cuts the risk of heart disease and strokes, wine and other forms of alcohol may have anti-clotting properties and boost blood levels of high-density lipoprotein, the so-called good cholesterol.

The study found that hypertensive men who drank moderately - one or two drinks per day - had a 44 percent lower risk of dying from a heart attack than nondrinkers with high blood pressure. Collapse )