A member asked:

I am a recovering alcoholic. can my addiction contribute to cardiomyopathy?

11 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Stuart Wasser answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

Yes: Alcohol is a known toxin to the heart and can lead to a weaker heart muscle and irregularities of the heart rhythm.

Answered 3/10/2019


Dr. James Marx answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Yes: There are a cardiomyopathies with direct association with various types of alcohol ingestion, some of which may not be directly related to the alcohol but some of the other ingredients of the drink.

Answered 3/26/2014


Dr. Rick Koch answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Yes: Yes however etoh cardiomyopathies can be reversible when cause is eliminated in conjunction with medicines that help the heart heal. Other causes must also be excluded. See a cardiologist if not doing so already.

Answered 12/9/2016



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