High Blood Pressure & Alcohol May Be A Bad Mix For Your Heart

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Even an ounce of alcohol a day might alter heart function if you have high blood pressure, researchers report.

For someone with high blood pressure, drinking — even in small amounts — can impair functioning of the lower left chamber of the heart, which pumps blood to the rest of the body, according to a new study from Italy.

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“Because even moderate alcohol consumption increases occurrence of early functional cardiac changes in patients with [high blood pressure], reduction of use of alcoholic beverages might be beneficial for prevention of cardiac complications in these patients,” said lead researcher Dr. Leonardo Sechi.