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Doctor insights on: Alcoholism And Heart Attacks

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Can alcoholism contribute to a heart attack?

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)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...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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Coreg 25 mg a day/ can I take adderal one half 15 mg tablet, had these left over from before hospitalization for heart failure due to alcoholism?

Coreg 25 mg a day/ can I take adderal one half 15 mg tablet, had these left over from before hospitalization for heart failure due to alcoholism?

NO: If you take Coreg for heart failure whatever reason..., Adderall is a stimulant and can increase heart rate and blood pressure . It is opposite effect of Coreg. ( it would offset its benefits and possibly cause harm) . Consult your MD before taking any medications - especially if " left overs". Try best in healthy nutrition , low salt, moderate exercise. Continue attend AA. ...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 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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Could heart attacks happen to 16 year olds ?

Could heart attacks happen to 16 year olds ?

Heart Attack Teen: A heart attack could happen in a 16 year old. It is not common, but certainly is possible especially if the 16 year old is very obese or uses prescription or non-prescription stimulant drugs. They could have a heat attack as a result of some other medical condition or procedure, too. ...Read more

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Are there gender differences in regards to heart attacks?

Are there gender differences in regards to heart attacks?

Yes: Men tend to begin getting heart attacks at earlier ages, although women are still at risk, and rates even up after their 50s. Women may also be less likely to describe classical symptoms of crushing chest pain, and may be more likely to describe indigestion or other, less specific symptoms. Unfortunately, heart disease is still a leading killer of women as well as men. ...Read more

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What kind of exercising prevents heart attacks?

What kind of exercising prevents heart attacks?

Every kind: What's important is that it's regular. Try to do 30 minutes minimum very day (at least 5 days a week). There is a dose-response curve. The more you do, the more protective it is. Try to do something you enjoy so it's not a chore. Sports are good for that. ...Read more

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What is the easiest way to prevent heart attacks?

What is the easiest way to prevent heart attacks?

NOT easy: We have a duty to ourselves and others to find some kind of aerobic exercise that we actually enjoy, preferably with friends. Quitting smoking is not easy. If your cholesterol is a problem, managing a diet is not easy and medications can help. If you're hypertensive or diabetic, finding the best rx isn't always easy. These are key and even ignoring the pop/junk media claims isn't easy. Good luck. ...Read more

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