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is alcohol harmful or helpful for one who has hypercardiomyopathy? what is helpful to do for this disease?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Harmful: Small amounts of alcohol (one drink per day in women) may reduce our bad cholesterol, while more than that can definitely itself harm the heart and elevated blood pressure. If you have a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy already, alcohol is definitely not good for you, particularly in amounts about the safe drinking limit of one standard drink per day. Your cardiologist can give you advice about meds.
Answered on Dec 30, 2012

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