Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

Heavy alcohol consumption associated with more arterial stiffness

Twenty-Five-Year Alcohol Consumption Trajectories and Their Association With Arterial Aging: A prospective Cohort Study

Literature - O’Neill D, Britton A, Brunner EJ, et al. - J Am Heart Assoc. 2017;6:e005288

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This prospective data from 25 years of alcohol consumption revealed that male heavy drinkers had significantly higher baseline PWV than male moderate consumers, meaning high CV risk for these individuals. Furthermore, all drinker types, regardless of gender, showed increases in their PWV from baseline across a subsequent 4-5 year interval, but only male former drinkers showed significantly accelerated progression.

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