BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuWine and heart healthHealth and wine; Wine and heart disease; Preventing heart disease - wine; Preventing heart disease - alcoholStudies have shown that adults who drink light to moderate amounts of alcohol may be less likely to develop heart disease than those who do not drink at all or are heavy drinkers. However, people who do not drink alcohol should not start just because they want to avoid developing heart disease. Information There is a fine line between healthy drinking and risky drinking. Do not begin drinking or drink more often just to lower your risk of heart disease. Heavier drinking can harm the heart and liver. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in people who abuse alcohol.Risky drinkingMany people with alcohol problems cannot tell when their drinking is out of control. It is important to be aware of how much you are drinking. You ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Health care providers recommend that if you drink alcohol, drink only light to moderate amounts:For men, limit alcohol to 1 to 2 drinks a day. For women, limit alcohol to 1 drink a day. One drink is defined as: 4 ounces (118 milliliters, mL) of wine 12 ounces (355 mL) of beer 1 1/2 ounces (44 mL) of 80-proof spirits 1 ounce (30 mL) of 100-proof spirits Though research has found that alcohol may help prevent heart disease, much more effective ways to prevent heart disease include:Controlling blood pressure and cholesterol Controlling blood pressureHypertension is another term used to describe high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to: StrokeHeart attackHeart failureKidney diseaseEar...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article CholesterolYour body needs cholesterol to work well. But cholesterol levels that are too high can harm you. Cholesterol is measured in milligrams per deciliter...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Exercising and following a low-fat, healthy diet ExercisingGetting regular exercise when you have heart disease is important. Physical activity can strengthen your heart muscle and help you manage blood pres...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Following a low-fat, healthy dietA healthy diet is a major factor in reducing your risk for heart disease.ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Not smoking Not smokingThere are many ways to quit smoking. There are also resources to help you. Family members, friends, and co-workers may be supportive. But to be su...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Maintaining an ideal weightMaintaining an ideal weightThe foods and drinks you choose are important to maintaining a healthy weight. This article offers advice on making good food choices to manage your...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Anyone who has heart disease or heart failure should talk to their provider before drinking alcohol. Alcohol can make heart failure and other heart problems worse.Open ReferencesReferencesLange RA, Hillis LD. Cardiomyopathies induced by drugs or toxins. In: Zipes DP, Libby P, Bonow RO, Mann DL, Tomaselli GF, Braunwald E, eds. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 80.Mozaffarian D. Nutrition and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. In: Zipes DP, Libby P, Bonow RO, Mann DL, Tomaselli GF, Braunwald E, eds. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 49.US Department of Health and Human Services and US Department of Agriculture website. 2015-2020 dietary guidelines for Americans: eighth edition. health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/. Accessed March 19, 2020.AllVideoImagesTogWine and health - illustration The United States Dietary Guidelines recommend that if you drink, do so in moderation and when consumption does not put you or others at risk.Wine and healthillustrationWine and health - illustration The United States Dietary Guidelines recommend that if you drink, do so in moderation and when consumption does not put you or others at risk.Wine and healthillustrationA Closer Look Myocardial infarction(Alt. Medicine)Coronary artery disease(In-Depth)Heart-healthy diet(In-Depth)Atherosclerosis(Alt. Medicine)Cholesterol(In-Depth)Omega-3 fatty acids(Alt. Medicine)Endocarditis(Alt. Medicine)Hypercholesterolemia(Alt. 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