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  • Women consuming 2 diet drinks per day were 30% more likely to have cardiovascular event over 8.7 yrs

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    Saturday, June 16, 2018 9:45 am Email this article

    Women who consumed 2 or more diet drinks per day were 30% more likely to have a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke, over the next 8.7 years compared to women who consumed few to none, 0-3 diet drinks per month, according to a recent study.

    This was after controlling for other cardiovascular risk factors.

    Cardiovascular Events

    Cardiovascular Events Defined

    Cardiovascular events included coronary heart disease, heart failure, myocardial infarction (heart attack), coronary revascularization procedure, ischemic stroke (caused by a blood clot in the brain), peripheral arterial disease.


    Conclusion: Diet Drinks Are Associated With Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Problems

    “This analysis demonstrates an association between high diet drink intake [two or more diet drinks per day] and [cardiovascular] outcomes and mortality in post-menopausal women in the [Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study],” the authors of the study concluded.


    Subjects: 59,614 women, average age of 62.8 years, followed for average of 8.7 years

    The study followed 59,614 women with an average age of 62.8 years.

    They were followed for an average of 8.7 years.


    Vyas A, Rubenstein L, Robinson J, Seguin RA, Vitolins MZ, Kazlauskaite R, Shikany JM, Johnson KC, Snetselaar L, and Wallace R. Diet drink consumption and the risk of cardiovascular events: a report from the Women’s Health Initiative. J Gen Intern Med, 2015 Apr; 30(4): 462-468.

    Author’s Contact Info

    Ankur Vyas, MD
    Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
    University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
    200 Hawkins Dr
    Int. Med. E316-1 GH
    Iowa City, IA, 52242, USA
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