May 5, 2011

Red Wine May Be Good For Your Heart but Is It Beneficial Inside Stents?

Posted in Heart Disease in the News, New Heart Studies, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 1:50 pm by keepyourhearthealthy

This image shows a red wine glass.

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A new study is currently testing “red wine” stents in animals.

As far as eye-catching research goes, this one certainly has attracted some attention.  A new study of lab rats showed that a component of red wine used during angioplasty reduced the chances of plaque buildup.  Red wine has a high concentration of polyphenols which have been shown in past studies to reduce plaque buildup, thin the blood and promote positive vessel regrowth.

All of the good effects of red wine are hopefully going to be included in a new type of drug-eluting stent for humans in the near future.  The rat studies have been promising thus far.  Unlike other drug-eluting stents, the red wine polyphenols prevent re-blockage while also promoting healing.  The ability to heal safely without blocking the vessel is key to making the red wine stents successful.

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November 25, 2010

Binge Drinking Suspected in Heart Attacks

Posted in New Heart Studies tagged , , , , , , , , , at 1:11 am by keepyourhearthealthy

photo by Paul

A new study has confirmed what previous studies have shown about binge drinking…it’s bad for your heart!

Reports about drinking alcohol seem to be a bit confusing at times.  Alcoholics are prone to many significant diseases including heart disease.  However, over the past decade, new studies have shown that light to moderate consumption of alcohol (particularly red wine) may improve heart disease risk.  But how much is too much? At what point does a wine drinker cross the point of “better” for your heart vs. “worse” for your heart?

One study recently showed that nurses who drank one glass of wine a night had less heart attacks than those who drank none OR those who drank 2 or more glasses per night.  Now the studies have taken a bit of a new direction in viewing alcohol consumption and heart disease.  It appears that binge drinking is worse for your heart than having one glass of wine every day. This latest study compared men in their 50’s throughout specific portions of Ireland and France.  Apparently in Ireland some men tend to drink heavily on the weekend and not much during the week.  The men in France tended to drink every single day.  Overall, the men in France had a lower rate of heart attacks and heart related deaths.

It certainly is a difficult problem to address in the general population.  Many people consider themselves to be a “social drinker” which means they only drink alcohol at special occasions.  If more studies show the ill effects of binge drinking, the term “social drinker” could be considered a risk factor for heart disease in the future!