According to a recent study, executed by the team of German scientists, heavy drinking within a short period of time can boost the risk of developing abnormal heart rhythm in healthy people.
For their study, the researchers tracked the heart health and drinking patterns of a group of more than 3,000 men and women, participating at Munich’s Oktoberfest, a Bavarian annual beer festival. They found that about one-third of the group experienced an abnormal heart rhythm, called cardiac arrhythmia, at some point in the festival.
Study co-author Dr. Moritz Sinner, an assistant professor of medicine at University Hospital Munich, explains that these findings are remarkable as for the first time they were able to demonstrate that alcohol has an immediate effect on the heart rhythm.
According to a new research, widely-distributed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are connected to the increased risk of heart failure, even in people without previous heart issues.
A team of scientists found that the odds of hospital admissions was 19% higher for people who took NSAIDs in the previous 2 weeks compared to people who didn’t take these drugs. However, not all medicines are equally increasing the risk of heart failure. For example, the increased odds of a heart failure admission were 16% for naproxen and 83% for ketorolac.
Dr. Gunnar H. Gislason, chief scientific officer of the Danish Heart Foundation, says: “There is difference between the NSAIDs in risk of heart failure and higher dosages are associated with increased risk.”