GENETICS AND ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION ARE INTERACTING FOR HEART FAILURE
- June 9, 2018
Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle does not pump blood as it should. For years the suggestion that alcohol has health benefits to the heart has been an area of contradiction. Anyone seeking to improve heart health should consider alternate methods.
The cause of conflict is known as the gene titin. Titin is a critical component that maintains the elasticity of the heart muscle. The faulty gene is associated with a type of heart failure known as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The condition causes the heart muscle to stretch and become thin thereby allowing enhanced complications.
The Journal of the American College of Cardiology published research about titin genetic mutations. Studies found that faulty titin combined with alcohol consumption displayed an increased risk of heart failure. The analysis of the type of heart failure alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM), found an elevated proportion of the genetic mutation. The 13.5% result was significantly higher than the average population without the mutation.
Researchers also investigated dilated cardiomyopathy. Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is caused by high levels of continuous alcohol consumption. In the patients whose dilated cardiomyopathy was caused by faulty titin, a slight increase over the recommended weekly alcohol consumption affected the heart’s power. Alcohol may worsen the condition of titin related heart issues.
Alcohol already has adverse effects on the body. Vital organs such as the stomach, liver, pancreas, and brain can receive damaging impacts. Alternate serious complications are also known. Infertility, numbness, diabetes, sexual dysfunction are just a few of these distressing effects. The choice is completely in your hands. The medical evidence suggests that the next time you reach for a cold one, you reconsider your options.
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