There's a silly chain email going around that claims drinking cold water, especially after meals, will increase one's chance of a heart attack (and in fact, developing cancer). The email postures drinking hot water in the form of tea as a healthy alternative, claiming it dilutes the oils in food rather than congeals it. I think this is a bogus and foolish as it gets, but several of my friends and family believe it's true. I'm hoping a cardiologist can set the record straight. Thanks.
There is as far as I know no connection between drinking cold drinks or water and heart attacks. After a meal blood flow is increased into the gut and intestines which may place increased strain on an already disease heart. This is why a small percentage of patients can have anginal attacks following meals especially large meals. But the pathophysiology of a heart attack is quite different from that of angina, as it includes not stable plaques but rupture atherosclerotic plaques.
Yes. There's a similar posting on Snopes, but it only concerns cancer. Snopes considers it false. However, my friends think Snopes is wrong. Hopefully, they'll will understand it better when a physician explains why this is untrue.
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