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    Can Alcohol Break Elderly Hearts?

    It’s meant to pump blood, not whiskey. A study of 4,500 seniors with an average age of 76 found that drinking can threaten the heart’s structural integrity, especially in women. Researchers found that even modest amounts of alcohol on a regular basis can cause females’ heart muscles to deteriorate in small but significant ways, while men should limit themselves to two tipples a day to avoid damaging their most vital organ. The study, which contradicts earlier research, is unlikely to change current U.S. guidelines, but bolsters recommendations to drink in moderation.

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