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Doctor insights on: Alcoholism And Heart Attacks

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Can alcoholism contribute to a heart attack?

Yes: While limited alcohol consumption may help reduce risk for heart attack, higher intake seems to increase the risk. In someone with alcoholism though, no alcohol intake is recommended. More alcohol consumption is also associated with high blood pressure, stomach and liver problems, and also a number of cancers. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Visibly, it is continuing to drink in ways that are "out of control" despite negative consequences.It is a metabolic disorder where alcohol is not processed normally. Over time tolerance develops, (it takes more to get the desired effect). In later stages there are often withdrawal symptoms when you stop, but not always. Many relapse after abstaining for a while, esp. ...Read more


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How does alcoholism relate to heart disease?

How does alcoholism relate to heart disease?

Myocardiopathy: Weakens heart muscle but also effects multiple systems which also indirectly adversely effects the heart. ...Read more

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Can alcoholism cause low potassium levels and how does this affect your heart?

Can alcoholism cause low potassium levels and how does this affect your heart?

Damage heart: Alcoholism does not cause low potassium. Rather it can cause magnesium deficiency. Alcohol is very toxic to heart muscle in some individuals and can cause alcoholic cardiomyopathy which can then lead to heart failure and serious issues. ...Read more

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What are the major risk factors for heart attack?

What are the major risk factors for heart attack?

Many: 1.Family history of heart attacks or strokes or atherosclerosis 2..Hyperlipidemia ( and or diet with animal fat or saturated fat) 3. Smoking 4.Obesity 5sedentarism or hypo activity 6.Alcoholism 7. Diabetes mellitus 8. Peripheral vascular disease 9. Gout or hyperuricemia 10. Stress 11. Hypertension 12. Renal disease 13. Age above 40 ( higher at 55) 14. Male sex ( high testosterone) 15. Estrogens. ...Read more

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What are the causes of minor heart attacks?

What are the causes of minor heart attacks?

Stress: Any reason that will lead to stressing heart including infections, sepsis, and of course underlying coronary artery disease. Minor heart attacks are usually called demand ischemia in scientific terms. ...Read more

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What are the signs for women about heart attacks?

What are the signs for women about heart attacks?

Nausea, fatigue.: I would add to the shortness of breath that nausea and fatigue are some symptoms of heart attack described in women... Bottom line is that heart attacks symptoms in women are not always the "crushing chest pain" types, and that if you have any risk factors - especially diabetes, high blood pressure or strong family history - and are above the age of 40, you should be especially cautious. ...Read more

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How can someone not notice that they have had repeated heart attacks possibly over more than a span of a year?

How can someone not notice that they have had repeated heart attacks possibly over more than a span of a year?

Unlikely: Although we occasionally find evidence for an old heart attack in patients with no history of a heart attack, it is possible that that person had pain in the past and just thought it was indigestion or something else. To have repeated heart attacks without pain or other symptoms would be unlikely. Remember, there are many heart problems that are not really a heart attack. Some get confused by that. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol dependence is a condition where significant alcohol overuse is accompanied by lifestyle dysfunction and by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal ...Read more