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Reducing or Eliminating Alcohol May Help Control Atrial Fibrillation.

The first randomized, controlled clinical study of its kind has confirmed the long-suspected connection between the irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (A-fib) and regular alcohol use. Researchers found that stopping or greatly reducing alcohol consumption significantly reduced the severity of A-fib or the frequency with which the arrhythmia occurred. The trial enrolled 140 patients, mostly men, with A-fib who consumed a minimum of 10 drinks a week. Half were told to drink no alcohol for six months, and half continued their normal alcohol use. Only 61 percent of the abstinence group actually quit drinking entirely, but 86 percent were able to cut their alcohol use by more than 70 percent from an average of 17 drinks per week to an average of two. As reported at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Sessions in March 2019, those who significantly reduced their alcohol intake or quit drinking cut A-fib recurrences in half and were twice as likely to eliminate A-fib entirely.

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Title Annotation:HEART BEAT
Publication:Heart Advisor
Article Type:Clinical report
Date:Jul 1, 2019
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