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How should you drink alcohol to lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke?

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If you drink, any type of alcohol helps your heart, but use caution. Too much raises your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. To get the benefit without the risk, stop at one drink a day if you're a woman and two if you're a man.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Lifestyle Changes,"  Smoking: Do You Really Know the Risks?" "Professional Dental Cleanings May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke," "Recommendations for Heart Health." "

Buitrago-Lopez A. , August 2011. BMJ

CDC: "Losing Weight," "Physical Activity for Everyone."

"Exercise and Your Heart," "Diet."

Naderi, S.  2012.  American Journal of Medicine, 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Lifestyle Changes,"  Smoking: Do You Really Know the Risks?" "Professional Dental Cleanings May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke," "Recommendations for Heart Health." "

Buitrago-Lopez A. , August 2011. BMJ

CDC: "Losing Weight," "Physical Activity for Everyone."

"Exercise and Your Heart," "Diet."

Naderi, S.  2012.  American Journal of Medicine, 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

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