Here’s how red wine may soon be used to treat your heart

Here’s how red wine may soon be used to treat your heart

Researchers continue to praise red wine for combating heart disease, but they may have found a new way to use the power of red wine that doesn’t come with any after effects of drinking alcohol.

Tammy Dugas is a professor of comparative biomedical sciences at Louisiana State University, and she is developing a stent that releases the antioxidants found in red wine to treat heart disease.

“By delivering red wine antioxidants during conventional angioplasty, it may be possible to prevent excess tissue from building up and the blood vessel from narrowing again as it heals,” Dr. Dugas said.

Stents are used to keep arteries open after angioplasty has been performed to open clogged vessels.

“For several years, it has been documented that red wine is good for the heart, secondary to the antioxidants mentioned,” says Dr. Dory Jarzabkowski, cardiologist with Advocate Heart Institute at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill.

“It was only a matter of time before researchers started to develop a stent to incorporate these helpful antioxidants. Much development and testing needs to be done, however, before this concept can come to fruition.”

“For now,” Dr. Jarzbkowski adds, “conventional stents have proven themselves to keep heart arteries open.”

Dr. Jarzabkowski regularly speaks to the benefits of both red wine and dark chocolate for heart health. You can find her next at the Advocate BroMenn Health & Fitness Center this Thursday, February 22. Click here for more details.

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Lynn Hutley
Lynn Hutley

Lynn Hutley, health enews contributor, is coordinator of public affairs and marketing at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital in central Illinois. Having grown up in a family-owned drug store, it is no surprise that Lynn has spent almost 18 years working in the health care industry. She has a degree in human resources management from Illinois State University and is always ready to tackle Trivia Night.