Alcohol and Heart DiseaseAuthor:
Publisher: CRC Press
Publish date: February 2002
Increasing evidence supports a clear role for high alcohol intake in the cause of major heart disease. However, it has been discovered that specific constituents of some alcoholic beverages, which are also present in fruit and vegetables, may reduce the risk of certain types of heart pathology in humans when these beverages are consumed in moderate amounts. One of these constituents is ethanol itself, which may have some beneficial actions at low levels of consumption. Alcohol and Heart Disease investigates the effects of alcoholic beverage intake on human cardiac function, focusing on the pathological effects of high alcohol consumption as well as the potential benefits of moderate use. The authors examine the many interactions of alcohol intake on cardiac cell function, cardiac lipids, stroke, cocaine use and AIDS. The contributors, who include many experts in the field, use evidence from animal models, epidemiological studies and medical reports to help define both the problem and consequences of alcohol consumption on the human heart.