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Alcohol abuse and heart failure.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19336433     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Alcoholic patients who consume >90 g of alcohol a day for >5 years are at risk of developing asymptomatic alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM). Those patients who continue to drink may become symptomatic and develop signs and symptoms of heart failure (HF). This distinct form of congestive HF is responsible for 21-36% of all cases of non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy in Western Society. Without complete abstinence, the 4 year mortality for ACM is close to 50%. This short review summarizes the experimental and clinical evidence regarding the role of alcohol in the pathophysiology of ACM and HF.
Irma Laonigro; Michele Correale; Matteo Di Biase; Emanuele Altomare
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2009-03-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of heart failure     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1388-9842     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Heart Fail.     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-23     Completed Date:  2009-07-09     Revised Date:  2011-06-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100887595     Medline TA:  Eur J Heart Fail     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  453-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medical and Occupational Sciences, Institute of Internal Medicine, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Alcoholism / complications*
Cardiomyopathy, Alcoholic / complications,  epidemiology,  physiopathology
Heart Failure* / epidemiology,  etiology,  physiopathology
Ventricular Function, Left / physiology
Ventricular Remodeling / physiology
World Health

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