"Little data exist regarding the effects of alcohol on the heart," said Matteo Cameli, a at the Cardiologia Universitaria of
"Previous studies have reported a reduction in
The cardiologist explained that
"They are like two different worlds, both for structure and function of myocardial fibres that they present," he explained.
"Yet their differences, and the effects that low doses of alcohol have on them, have relevant social implications, given that light drinking is such a common practice.
"We found that low doses of red wine are associated with acute depression in left ventricular function and acute increase in right ventricular function," Cameli added.
The results will be published in the October 2011 issue of Alcoholism: and Experimental Research.