Red wine really does stop heart attacks, says doc

Cardiologist Dr William McCrea

Cardiologist Dr William McCrea

First published in News

TWO glasses of red wine a day have kept heart attacks at bay as patients prescribed the pioneering treatment at Great Western Hospital have discovered.

Doctors in Swindon are marking 10 years since they trialled the treatment, a first worldwide, which involved ordering people with coronary heart disease to drink two 125ml glasses of wine a day.

Cardiologist Dr William McCrea has put more than 10,000 patients on the liquid ‘medicine’ for its antioxidant properties and very few went on to suffer a heart attack, he said.

The idea to prescribe wine came from examining statistics in France.

“In France, people consume twice the amount of fat that we do, they smoke more and they don’t do any more exercise, but their deaths from heart attacks are half ours,” he said.

“We were the first in the world to try this. “If you drink it moderately, no more than two glasses, it has a beneficial effect on coronary disease. It does three things: it prevents clots from developing inside the arteries, it raises good cholesterol, which is called HDL, and it causes dilatation of the arteries. “It stops you having a heart attack, again if it is in moderation. I’ve given it to 10,000 patients. “You would have to drink five litres of fruit juice to get the same benefits as two glasses of red wine.

“When somebody has a heart attack it’s a shock, people are alarmed and anxious so the red wine also helps to relax them and reduce stress.”

The younger the better is also his motto as older vintages lose their antioxidants in the barrel. Corked wine is not recommended as the cork absorbs antioxidants.

Wine also has to be drunk soon after opening, as it loses its antioxidant properties with exposure to the air.

White wine is not recommended as the healthy chemicals found in the grape skins are discarded in making wine.

But not all types of red wines have a high antioxidant concentration. The ones with the highest concentrations come from high altitudes. Dr McCrea recommends Cabernet Sauvig-non from Chile and Shiraz and Pinot Noir from South Africa. The worst you can go for is a Zinfandel.

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1:28pm Wed 18 Jun 14

SAM2WIN says...

Sounds like my kind of doctor. :-)
Sounds like my kind of doctor. :-) SAM2WIN
  • Score: 11

2:01pm Wed 18 Jun 14

house on the hill says...

The reality is that one ingredient in red wine is said to be beneficial to health and the alcohol, sugar and empty calories are quite the opposite and more than nullify the good. But I am sure the moron masses will go out and celebrate this finding with some more legalised drugs s if alcohol didn't ruin millions of lives in one way or another already.
The reality is that one ingredient in red wine is said to be beneficial to health and the alcohol, sugar and empty calories are quite the opposite and more than nullify the good. But I am sure the moron masses will go out and celebrate this finding with some more legalised drugs s if alcohol didn't ruin millions of lives in one way or another already. house on the hill
  • Score: -14

2:39pm Wed 18 Jun 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

house on the hill wrote:
The reality is that one ingredient in red wine is said to be beneficial to health and the alcohol, sugar and empty calories are quite the opposite and more than nullify the good. But I am sure the moron masses will go out and celebrate this finding with some more legalised drugs s if alcohol didn't ruin millions of lives in one way or another already.
Alcohol doesn't ruin any lives. It's human nature that causes the problem.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: The reality is that one ingredient in red wine is said to be beneficial to health and the alcohol, sugar and empty calories are quite the opposite and more than nullify the good. But I am sure the moron masses will go out and celebrate this finding with some more legalised drugs s if alcohol didn't ruin millions of lives in one way or another already.[/p][/quote]Alcohol doesn't ruin any lives. It's human nature that causes the problem. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 8

4:33pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Eastcott says...

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man wrote:
house on the hill wrote: The reality is that one ingredient in red wine is said to be beneficial to health and the alcohol, sugar and empty calories are quite the opposite and more than nullify the good. But I am sure the moron masses will go out and celebrate this finding with some more legalised drugs s if alcohol didn't ruin millions of lives in one way or another already.
Alcohol doesn't ruin any lives. It's human nature that causes the problem.
Agreed. Also I highly doubt red wine is the alcoholic's or aggressive drunk's tipple of choice.
[quote][p][bold]The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: The reality is that one ingredient in red wine is said to be beneficial to health and the alcohol, sugar and empty calories are quite the opposite and more than nullify the good. But I am sure the moron masses will go out and celebrate this finding with some more legalised drugs s if alcohol didn't ruin millions of lives in one way or another already.[/p][/quote]Alcohol doesn't ruin any lives. It's human nature that causes the problem.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Also I highly doubt red wine is the alcoholic's or aggressive drunk's tipple of choice. Eastcott
  • Score: 11

7:44pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Wellfire says...

Dr. McCrae was pushing this idea when I was under his care 9 years ago. I can't say if it worked or not but it was a darn sight better than their tea.
Dr. McCrae was pushing this idea when I was under his care 9 years ago. I can't say if it worked or not but it was a darn sight better than their tea. Wellfire
  • Score: 1

10:05pm Wed 18 Jun 14

PumpkinEater says...

Dr McCrea treated me 10 years ago. Can't say I took his advice about wine as I'm tea total but he did a great job keeping me alive and today I'm fitter than I've ever been in my life.

First time I met him he asked me what my hobbies were. I hesitated for 5 seconds before attempting to come up with something. He said if it takes you that long to answer you haven't got any hobbies. He was right I was working flat out 12 hours a day. His words of wisdom changed everything.
Dr McCrea treated me 10 years ago. Can't say I took his advice about wine as I'm tea total but he did a great job keeping me alive and today I'm fitter than I've ever been in my life. First time I met him he asked me what my hobbies were. I hesitated for 5 seconds before attempting to come up with something. He said if it takes you that long to answer you haven't got any hobbies. He was right I was working flat out 12 hours a day. His words of wisdom changed everything. PumpkinEater
  • Score: 1

8:50am Thu 19 Jun 14

Wildwestener says...

Dr McCrea saved my dad's life when he had a heart attack so if he says drink red wine, then I listen and do as I'm told.
Dr McCrea saved my dad's life when he had a heart attack so if he says drink red wine, then I listen and do as I'm told. Wildwestener
  • Score: 1

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