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Relation of alcohol consumption to risk of heart failure in patients aged 65 to 84 years with hypertension


Sahle, BW and Owen, AJ and Wing, LMH and Beilin, LJ and Nelson, MR and Jennings, GLR and Reid, CM, on behalf of the Second Australian National Blood Pressure Study Management Committee, Relation of alcohol consumption to risk of heart failure in patients aged 65 to 84 years with hypertension, American Journal of Cardiology, 122, (8) pp. 1352-1358. ISSN 0002-9149 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2018.06.046


Although a high level of alcohol consumption is associated with cardiomyopathy, the benefit or risk of moderate alcohol consumption on incident heart failure (HF) is unknown. This study examined the association between alcohol consumption and risk for HF in older adults with hypertension. The study analyzed data from a cohort of 6,083 participants aged 65 to 84 years at baseline (1995 to 2001) followed for a median of 10.8 years during and after the Second Australian National Blood Pressure Study. Frequency and amount of alcohol consumption were self-reported at baseline and during the clinical trial. The percentages of current drinkers, former drinkers, and never-drinkers at baseline were 4,400 (72%), 394 (6%), and 1,289 (21%), respectively. Incident HF was diagnosed in 183 men and 136 women. After adjustment for multiple confounders, alcohol consumption was not significantly associated with HF. Compared with never-drinkers, the adjusted hazard ratios (95% confidence interval) for those who consume 1 to 7, 8 to 14, and >14 drinks/week at baseline were 0.87 (0.59 to 1.30), 0.96 (0.57 to 1.60), and 0.71 (0.25 to 2.02), respectively in women, and 0.81 (0.47 to 1.38), 0.77 (0.43 to 1.38), and 1.04 (0.59 to 1.84), respectively in men. The findings of lack of an association between alcohol consumption and risk of HF persisted in the analyses comparing the risk of HF across each level of drinking at baseline or at follow-up with never-drinkers. In the present study, there was no evidence for benefit or risk of alcohol consumption, reported at baseline or at follow-up, in relation to incident HF in both men and women.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:alcohol consumption, heart failure, hypertension
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nelson, MR (Professor Mark Nelson)
ID Code:128169
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2018-09-06
Last Modified:2019-03-05

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