The experts debunked the myth that a reasonable consumption of alcohol does not pose any threat to health. In fact, even one glass of liquor can cause heart rhythm disturbances.
A survey of about 900 thousand people showed that even one glass of alcohol per day increases the risk of abnormal heart rate by 8%. Despite the fact that moderate doses of alcohol increase blood flow to the heart, it is a violation of electrical activity.
In this case, there is a risk of developing atrial fibrillation (atrial fibrillation). In turn, this leads to various problems with the heart, including the formation of thrombi and onset of symptoms of heart failure.
In the case of ignoring the arrhythmia from heart problems risk of premature death increased by 2 times, and stroke - 5 times.
Experts note that in the special risk group includes persons with problems of the cardiovascular system. Direct alcohol damage to the heart muscle cells causes the formation of fibrous tissue and disrupts the heart rhythm.
Alcohol is also a stimulant for the autonomic nervous system, responsible for the heart rate, breathing and digestive processes.
The study is published in the edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.