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TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Texans living in “dry” counties are more likely to suffer heart attacks and congestive heart failure than people living in nearby “wet” counties, where alcohol sales are legal, a new study reports. But they’re also less likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation, a condition where irregular heart rhythms raise the risk of stroke. “It appears that alcohol is not necessarily all good or all bad for the heart — it’s more complex than that,” said senior author Dr. Gregory Marcus, director of clinical research for the University of California, San Francisco Division of Cardiology. “One size does not fit all,” Marcus added. “These data suggests that there may be some in whom alcohol — presumably in moderation — would be of benefit, and others where it would do harm.” Residents of wet Texas counties, for instance, have a 9 percent lower risk of heart attack and 13 percent …

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