Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Mukamal and colleagues1 reported that moderate alcohol consumption reduces
the risk of mortality following acute myocardial infarction. This conclusion,
however, is not warranted by their data. While unadjusted mortality was significantly
less among drinkers than abstainers, this difference became statistically
nonsignificant after adjustment. All the adjusted hazard ratios, regardless
of the volume of alcohol consumed or the type of adjustment, had 95% confidence
intervals (CIs) that included 1.0.
Green J. Alcohol Use as a Prognostic Factor Following Myocardial Infarction. JAMA. 2001;286(2):165. doi:10.1001/jama.286.2.165
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