New research suggests that moderate alcohol consumption could benefit the recovery of patients who undergo coronary stenting to open blocked arteries, Reuters reported March 23.
For the study, researchers at Tzanio Hospital in Piraeus, Greece, examined data on 483 individuals who underwent coronary stenting. The researchers analyzed alcohol consumption, the inflammatory protein CRP, and mortality rates.
The four-year study found that patients who were moderate drinkers of alcohol and had certain levels of CRP were less likely to be readmitted for chest pain, have a heart attack, or die from heart-related causes.
The researchers speculated that alcohol may protect the heart by inhibiting inflammation.
The study's findings are published in the April 2004 issue of the medical journal Heart.