Drinking alcohol increases the risk of atrial fibrillation

According to new research from UC San Francisco, a single glass of wine can greatly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation in the consumer. The study is the first to show that drinking alcohol significantly raises the risk of developing a cardiac rhythm disorder within a few hours. According to the scientists, the findings may go against popular belief that alcohol is “cardioprotective,” implying that decreasing or avoiding alcohol could help attenuate negative consequences. The findings of this research work has already been published August 30, 2021 in Annals of Internal Medicine.

“Contrary to a common belief that atrial fibrillation is associated with heavy alcohol consumption, it appears that even one alcohol drink may be enough to increase the risk,” said Gregory Marcus, MD, MAS, professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at UCSF.

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