Heavy Drinking May Lead to Aged Arteries, Says Study

24 February 2016 | By: Kevin Trieu

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A UK study suggests that years of heavy drinking may lead to an accelerated risk of stiffness in the arteries and cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, “The findings support previous research on moderate alcohol consumption’s association with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease.” In the study, men tended to be heavier drinkers than women.

Researchers measured stiffness, by looking at arterial velocity using pulse waves. The greater the velocity of the wave, the more stiff your arteries are. Two pressure catheters are placed a known distance apart, and the wave is then timed. The researchers then compared the results of the Pressure Wave Velocity with the amount, a patient drinks.

it is important to note, however, that scientists are still unsure as to why alcohol affects arterial health, and more research needs to be done on that. The leading theory is that with heavy drinking comes the release of enzymes that lead to collagen accumulation.

This is just more evidence about why alcohol use is an important topic to study. Alcohol use, has an impact in all of our lives, whether or not we are addicted.The study also emphasizes the fact that drinking alcohol not only affects your liver, but can also affect your heart and other parts. If you or a loved on is experiencing alcohol addiction, please seek help immediately.

What do you think about the findings? Comment down below.

Links I used for the story can be found below:

News Story 

AHA Article

Pulse Wave Velocity Definition

 

 

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