It’s National Wine Day! We’ve all heard that red wine offers some health benefits, though some of the studies are up for debate. Who better to discuss the topic than a one of our cardiologists?!
Elizabeth Zook, APRN is our newest addition at the Heart Institute. With board certification in family practice and a special interest in cardiac health, holistic medicine and preventive medicine, she received her medical degree from Walden University in Minneapolis. She offers the following thoughts on the benefits of wine.
“For quite some time, red wine has been thought to have cardio-protective effects that benefit healthy patients by decreasing risk for cardiovascular disease. While this remains under debate, studies have successfully demonstrated that endothelial progenitor cells needed to repair blood vessels were more effective due to longer lifespans. Also, antioxidants found in red wine have been known to prevent a cell process that contributes to atherosclerosis. This is beneficial to patients by contributing to the decreased risk for coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, etc. For healthy individuals drinking red wine could therefore decrease risk of heart attack and stroke.
However, just as all things in life, the key is moderation. One should not begin drinking just for the possible cardio-protective effects associated with red wine.”