European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 105–108

The cardioprotective effects of alcohol consumption: does cardiac autonomic function play a role?

Authors

    • Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College London
  • Marek Malik
    • Cardiac and Vascular SciencesSt George’s, University of London
  • Michael Marmot
    • Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthUniversity College London
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

DOI: 10.1007/s10654-007-9213-3

Cite this article as:
Britton, A., Malik, M. & Marmot, M. Eur J Epidemiol (2008) 23: 105. doi:10.1007/s10654-007-9213-3

Abstract

Moderate alcohol consumption has cardioprotective properties and several mechanisms have been proposed. In over 4,000 men and women from the Whitehall II study, mean heart rate variability levels were lowest among those consuming the most alcohol per week, but in multivariate analyses no statistical associations were found. The cardiac autonomic nervous system is unlikely to explain much of the cardioprotective properties of alcohol.

Keywords

Alcohol drinkingCoronary diseaseAutonomic nervous systemCohort studies

Abbreviations

CHD

coronary heart disease

LF

low frequency

HF

high frequency

HRV

heart rate variability

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