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I have been diagnosed with acute coronary artery disease and hypertension

I have been diagnosed with acute coronary artery disease and hypertension. Is it ok if I consume alcohol ?
I have been a regular smoker and drinker for the last 7 years and am 32 years now. I have totally quit smoking after I was admitted in the hospital last month, but am not yet convinced about quitting alcohol totally. Can I be a social drinker?? Does alcohol increase your cholestrol levels or triglycerides to be particular??
Thu, 10 Dec 2009
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As my doctor always said, you can eat / drink, but not too much. Why don't you consult with your doctor ? The subject of alcohol and heart attacks is important because the major cause of death in many countries is heart disease. Research indicates that moderate drinkers are less likely to suffer heart attacks than are abstainers or heavy drinkers. An exhaustive review of all major heart disease studies has found that "alcohol consumption is related to total mortality in a U-shaped manner, where moderate consumers have a reduced total mortality compared with total non-consumers and heavy consumers. Research also reports that the risk of a heart attack among moderate drinkers with diabetes is 52 percent lower than among nondrinkers and that the risk of dying in the four years after a heart attack is 32 percent lower among those who were moderate drinkers in the year before the attack. Here is some good article, might help you to decide, Alcohol And Health (from http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/AlcoholAndHealth.html) Moderate drinkers tend to have better health and live longer than those who are either abstainers or heavy drinkers. In addition to having fewer heart attacks and strokes, moderate consumers of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine or distilled spirits or liquor) are generally less likely to suffer hypertension or high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease, Alzheimer's disease and the common cold. Sensible drinking also appears to be beneficial in reducing or preventing diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, bone fractures and osteoporosis, kidney stones, digestive ailments, stress and depression, poor cognition and memory, Parkinson's disease, hepatitis A, pancreatic cancer, macular degeneration (a major cause of blindness), angina pectoris, duodenal ulcer, erectile sysfunction, hearing loss, gallstones, liver disease and poor physical condition in elderly.
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