What Is Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy?

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What is alcoholic cardiomyopathy?

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Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is a type of heart disease which is caused by long-term alcohol abuse. Excessive intake of alcohol thins the heart muscle, leading to weak ability of pumping blood. When the heart fails to pump blood efficiently, the supply of blood can’t meet the body’s need, thus functions of your organs are affected. This disease can cause heart failure and other serious problems.

Most patients with alcohol cardiomyopathy are men at the age from 35 to 50. But it does not mean that women can’t have the disease. It affects women as well. Most patients with the condition have a heavy drinking history of more than 5 years.

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy does not always cause signs, especially at early stage. When it becomes more advanced, symptoms begin to appear. Its symptoms are often those of heart failure, such as fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath and swollen feet, ankles and legs.

 

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