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How does alcoholism relate to heart disease?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 20 years experience
Too much not good: Moderate alcohol (1-2 drinks/day) is associated with lower rates of coronary disease. However excess alcohol use can sometimes cause weakened heart muscles and congestive heart failure. Alcohol binges may also trigger arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation. An often forgotten fact is that excess alcohol can raise blood pressure, as well as raise triglycerides and thereby lower "good" cholesterol.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Myocardiopathy: Weakens heart muscle but also effects multiple systems which also indirectly adversely effects the heart.

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