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Alcohol and drugs: twins or evil in a young heart.
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PMID:  22998004     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
We describe how the use of multiple drugs and excessive alcohol intake caused a dilated cardiomyopathy complicated by cardiogenic shock and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias in an otherwise healthy young man. The diagnosis was made by exclusion of other causes of cardiomyopathy. Surprisingly an ischaemic scar without significant coronary artery disease was also found on cardiac MRI, most likely related to vasoactive drugs (cocaine). An ICD was implanted during the same hospital stay after careful assessment of the risk of recurrent ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death.
Lineke Hens; Jan-Henk E Dambrink
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta cardiologica     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0001-5385     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Cardiol     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370570     Medline TA:  Acta Cardiol     Country:  Belgium    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  469-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dept. of Cardiology, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
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