Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Alcohol Increases Stroke Risk

A person is twice as likely to have a stroke within the first hour of drinking alcohol, according to a new study from Harvard University.

The research team studied 390 stroke patients and found that the risk of stroke increased 2.3 times after alcohol consumption. This is probably related to the way that blood pressure rises and blood platelets become stickier after drinking alcohol.

This study was published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.