Alcohol can be more dangerous to the heart than coffee or lack of sleep

Contrary to what is usually said about coffee and its influence on heart disease, the University of California at San Francisco points out that alcohol is much more dangerous.

The study, carried out on 450 people, was published in the specialized journal JAMA Cardiology.

The scientists analyzed caffeine, lack of sleep, the way they sleep, and alcohol consumption, among others, as possible triggers for a common heart condition. The result of the study is that alcohol was consistently associated with more episodes of atrial fibrillation.

According to the Mayo Clinic, atrial fibrillation, the most generalized cardiac arrhythmia, is an irregular heart rate, almost always rapid, that occurs when the two upper chambers of the heart present chaotic electrical signals. “The result is a fast and irregular heartbeat”, define the experts.

Dr. Gregory Marcus, lead author of the research, spoke on the subject in a statement.

“This suggests that those personalized evaluations revealed actionable results. Although caffeine was the most commonly selected trigger for testing, we found no evidence of a short-term relationship between caffeine consumption and atrial fibrillation. “

“In contrast, alcohol consumption more consistently exhibited higher risks for atrial fibrillation,” noted the professor of medicine in the UCSF Division of Cardiology.

This is how the study on the triggers of heart disease was carried out

Each participant in the study used a mobile electrocardiogram recording device in conjunction with a phone app. The goal was to record possible triggers for heart disease.

They were taken into account:

  • Alcohol consumption.
  • The caffeine.
  • Sleeping on the left side of the body.
  • Not getting enough sleep.
  • Exaggerated food consumption.

According to analysts at the University of California, San Francisco, there was no association between caffeine and atrial fibrillation. Other research has pointed out that the effect could be the opposite: caffeine can protect the heart.

Researchers suggest further study on the influence of alcohol on heart disease, based on the results of this.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (CDC), atrial fibrillation causes more than 150 thousand deaths each year in the country.

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