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This Week in JAMA
April 18, 2001

This Week in JAMA

JAMA. 2001;285(15):1927. doi:10.1001/jama.285.15.1927

Observational studies have shown that individuals who consume alcohol in light to moderate amounts have a lower risk of acute myocardial infarction (MI) compared with individuals who abstain from alcohol or who are heavy drinkers. Little is known, however, about the relationship between alcohol consumption and mortality after acute MI or the development of heart failure independent of MI. In a prospective cohort study of early survivors of acute MI, Mukamal and colleaguesArticle found that compared with no alcohol intake, moderate alcohol consumption in the year before MI was associated with reduced all-cause and cardiovascular mortality after MI. Abramson and colleaguesArticle , in a prospective study of community-based persons aged 65 years and older, found that low to moderate alcohol consumption in the month prior to baseline was associated with a lower risk of heart failure compared with no alcohol intake. In an editorial, KlatskyArticle discusses factors to consider when advising patients with heart disease about alcohol intake.