Any Information about Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy?

Q:
Any information about alcoholic cardiomyopathy?

A:
Alcoholic cardiomyopathy, also referred to as dilated cardiomyopathy, is a form of heart failure caused by long term abuse of alcohol. For patients with alcoholic cardiomyopathy, heart muscle is weakened and can’t adequately pump blood through the rest of the body.

People with a long term pattern of consuming seven to eight drinks every day are at a higher risk of developing alcoholic cardiomyopathy. The patients may not have any symptoms during the early stages of alcoholic cardiomyopathy, but eventually the patients may notice symptoms of heart failure.

Symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, congestion in the lungs, and swollen legs, sometimes even fatigue and retention of fluids. Complete abstinence from alcohol is the most effective treatment for alcoholic cardiomyopathy.

Keywords: dilated cardiomyopathy+; dilated cardiomyopathy; alcoholic cardiomyopathy

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