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Alcohol Consumption After Development of HF

JAMA Netw Open; ePub 2018 Dec 28; Sadhu, et al

Among older adults with incident heart failure (HF), limited alcohol consumption may be associated with increased survival, a new study found. The prospective cohort study included 5,888 community-dwelling adults aged ≥65 years recruited to participate in the Cardiovascular Health Study between June 12, 1989, and June 1993, from 4 US sites. Researchers found:

  • Among the 393 adults diagnosed with incident HF, 213 (54.2%) were female, 339 (86.3%) were white, and the mean age was 78.7 years.
  • Alcohol consumption after diagnosis was reported in 129 (32.8%) of participants.
  • In the cohort, consumption of ≤7 alcoholic drinks per week was significantly associated with increased survival compared with abstinence from alcohol, after controlling for other factors.
  • Consumption of 10 drinks per weeks was associated with the longest survival, a mean of 3,381 days after HF diagnosis.

Citation:

Sadhu JS, Novak E, Mukamal KJ, et al. Association of alcohol consumption after development of heart failure with survival among older adults in the Cardiovascular Health Study. JAMA Netw Open. 2018;1(8):e186383. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.6383.

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