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Why do I need to limit caffeine and alcohol to help protect my heart?

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If you have atrial fibrillation, caffeine and other stimulants can trigger symptoms. Drink them in moderation.

Studies show that drinking modest amounts of alcohol, not just wine, has heart benefits. But don't assume that if a glass is good, a jug must be better. More than one drink a day for women or two for men raises your odds for heart problems. It drives up blood pressure and can trigger irregular heartbeats in people with atrial fibrillation.

From: How to Eat to Protect Your Heart WebMD Medical Reference

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American Heart Association: "Most Americans Don't Understand the Health Effects of Wine and Sea Salt, Survey Finds."

CDC: "Lifetime risk for diabetes mellitus in the United States."

Consumer Reports : "Heart Health."

N.A. Mark Estes III, MD, director, New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.

Heart Healthy Women: "Diet," "Heart Healthy Diet -- Fiber and Grains."

Making Health Easier: "The New (Ab)Normal."

Gordon Tomaselli, MD, cardiology division chief, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Most Americans Don't Understand the Health Effects of Wine and Sea Salt, Survey Finds."

CDC: "Lifetime risk for diabetes mellitus in the United States."

Consumer Reports : "Heart Health."

N.A. Mark Estes III, MD, director, New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.

Heart Healthy Women: "Diet," "Heart Healthy Diet -- Fiber and Grains."

Making Health Easier: "The New (Ab)Normal."

Gordon Tomaselli, MD, cardiology division chief, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

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