Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is a type of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), which is the most common type. This affects the hearts lower and upper chambers, the ventricles, and atria.
Does alcohol cause dilated cardiomyopathy?
Long-term excess alcohol consumption is a leading cause of secondary dilated cardiomyopathy (table 1) [1,2]. However, recovery of cardiac function can occur if the disease is diagnosed early and further alcohol intake is reduced or halted. (See Causes of dilated cardiomyopathy.)
Can alcoholism cause myocarditis?
The risk of developing alcoholic cardiomyopathy is related to both the mean daily alcohol intake and the duration of drinking, but there is much individual susceptibility to the toxic effect of alcohol. Most patients, in whom alcoholic cardiomyopathy develops, have been drinking over 80 g/d for more than 5 years.
What are the symptoms of alcoholic cardiomyopathy?
What are the symptoms of alcoholic cardiomyopathy?shortness of breath.swelling of the legs, feet, and ankles.fatigue.weakness.dizziness or fainting.loss of appetite.trouble concentrating.a rapid and irregular pulse.
Can you live a normal life with cardiomyopathy?
With proper care, many people can live long and full lives with a cardiomyopathy diagnosis. When recommending treatment, we always consider the least invasive approach first. Options range from lifestyle support and medications to implantable devices, procedures, and surgeries.