Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: The CAMELOT study1 did
not appear to consider the effect of alcohol consumption on the development
of coronary artery disease. Alcohol consumption has been shown to be inversely
related to the severity of angiographically determined coronary artery disease.2,3 The risk of extensive coronary calcification
is lower in individuals who consume light to moderate amounts of ethanol than
in nondrinkers.4 Thus, alcohol consumption
might have been a confounder in this study.
Mascitelli L, Pezzetta F. Antihypertensive Agents and Cardiovascular Events in Patients With Coronary Disease and Normal Blood Pressure. JAMA. 2005;293(10):1187-1189. doi:10.1001/jama.293.10.1188-a