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Is alcoholic cardiomyopathy reversible?

Is alcoholic cardiomyopathy reversible?

For a while it is: Early on, it's one of the more reversible causes of cardiomyopathy. After enough time has passed (which is variable), it becomes irreversible. Anyone who drinks large amounts of alcohol and has a depressed ejection fraction should stop immediately. ...Read more

Dr. Barton Cook
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Cardiomyopathy (Definition)

A disease that weakens and enlarges the muscle surrounding the heart. It is a condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood and deliver ...Read more


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Could you get alcoholic cardiomyopathy at 23?

Could you get alcoholic cardiomyopathy at 23?

Not common: It could happen however if structural damage exists and if alcohol is overused a underlying cause of cardiomyopathy could be hastenend. In most likelihood this would have to be excluded. ...Read more

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How are alcoholic cardiomyopathy and congestive cardiomyopathy different?

How are alcoholic cardiomyopathy and congestive cardiomyopathy different?

Cardiomyopathy: Congestive cardiomyopathy generally has a dilated heart with decreased ejection fraction causing congestive heart failure. When this condition is caused by alcohol, we call it alcoholic cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between alcoholic cardiomyopathy and congestive cardiomyopathy?

See below: Alcohol cardiomyopathy is a type of cardiomyopathy. Other causes can include viral, from heart disease, from hypertension or congenital cardiomyopathy. Alcohol can have a direct toxic effect on the heart muscle itself causing it to enlarge become weak and cause congestion. These other causes may have similar symptoms as well. ...Read more

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Can you get alcoholic cardiomyopathy in 1 year by drinking heavy every 1-3 days at age 24-25?

Absolutely: Alcohol in large quantities is cardiotoxic and this amount of drinking can lead to cardiomyopathy. The good news is that stopping drinking and taking heart medications can resolve the problem. ...Read more

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My husband has alcoholic cardiomyopathy, fatty liver and high blood pressure. His heart beats rapidly without his medication. What is his prognosis?

My husband has alcoholic cardiomyopathy, fatty liver and high blood pressure. His heart beats rapidly without his medication. What is his prognosis?

See cardiologist: Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is one that has a chance for recovery. See a cardiologist. Stopping alcohol and treating his heart failure. The liver can recover too. Medications and treatment are indicated. ...Read more

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What is the difference between alcoholic and congestive cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is often assigned to patients who have a dilated cardiomyopathy, no evidence of coronary artery disease on evaluation and a history of alcohol abuse. Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is oneof the causes of cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy can also be idiopathic - or for an unknown reason. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Are people with alcoholic heart (cardiomyopathy) more likely to get septicemia?

Are people with alcoholic heart (cardiomyopathy) more likely to get septicemia?

Yes they are: Patients who abuse alcohol are more likely to become septic, and less likely to survive critical illness. This was demonstrated by a large study of about 11, 000 patients admitted to a denver hospital ICU over a 6 year period of time. So patients who have alcoholic cardiomyopathy share this increased risk of sepsis with other patients with an alcohol abuse history. ...Read more

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Can you use stem cells to heal cardiomyopathies in children?

Can you use stem cells to heal cardiomyopathies in children?

Clinical Trial Now: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now. ...Read more

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And what cardiomyopathies might result from increased aortic pressure?

And what cardiomyopathies might result from increased aortic pressure?

Hypertrophic or...: Hypertrophic or dilated cardiomyopathy can both result with hypertrophy generally occurring first. ...Read more

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Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

Would a cardiac MRI of shown a enlarged heart and cardiomyopathies? What about heart failure?

MRI: Yes an MRI can be used to diagnose enlarged heart, cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Another test that is often used to make these diagnoses is the echocardiogram. MRI uses magnets to image the heart and echocardiogram uses ultrasound. ...Read more

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Does cardiomyopathy get better?

Yes, depends on the: Yes it can get better, it depends on the cause. If its due to drinking too much alcohol then stopping alcohol will improve it plus with the help of certain medications such as ace inhibitors or arb, s & certain beta blockers such as carvedilol. If its due to blockage of coronary arteries then revascularization either with a stent or bypass surgery would help. ...Read more

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Can someone live with cardiomyopathy?

Yes: Yes, it all depends on the type of cardiomyopathy, its severity, and one's co-morbid medical problems. With proper follow-up, medications, and adherence to medical recommendations, cardiomyopathy may be manageable. ...Read more

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What people does cardiomyopathy affect?

What people does cardiomyopathy affect?

Different types: Cardiomyopathy (weak heart muscle) is most often caused by prior heart attacks leaving portions of the heart muscle damaged. However, this condition can occur due to longstanding (poorly controlled) hypertension or diabetes, as well as from alcohol or Cocaine abuse or HIV infection. Other causes include viral-induced inflammation of the heart, or genetic abnormalities (i.e. "familial"). ...Read more

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What does cardiomyopathy affect in the body?

What does cardiomyopathy affect in the body?

Grave: It may lead to low organ perfusion and may lead to shut down of many organs, such as liver and kidney. It must be treated very aggressively to avoid this outcome. ...Read more

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What does cardiomyopathy lead to in the future?

If ejection: Fraction remains low there is increased risk for heart failure, arrhythmia and sudden death (ef< 35%). ...Read more

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My husband has cardiomyopathy, how should we change is diet?

My husband has cardiomyopathy, how should we change is diet?

Diet in Cardiomyopat: There is no specific dietary advice for cardiomyopathy. Since cardiomyopathy is due to multiple causes, the dietary advice will depend on the cause. The most common cause of cardiomyopathy is ischemic heart disease. If, in a given case, it is due to alcoholism, absolute abstinence from alcohol is advised. If cardiomyopathy has resulted in heart failure, the dietary advice is that for heart failure. ...Read more

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What is the longest a person could live with cardiomyopathy?

What is the longest a person could live with cardiomyopathy?

Uncertain: This is a difficult question to answer. It depends on the cause of the cardiomyopathy, the presence any additional medical problems, and the degree of cardiac dysfunction. Some patients survive for days while some can survive for many years. To improve survival, faithfully take medications, do not smoke or drink alcohol, and keep all doctor appointments. ...Read more

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What is the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy: I have never heard of this distinction being made among the cardiomyopathies. ...Read more

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Can you describe idiopathic cardiomyopathy?

Can you describe idiopathic cardiomyopathy?

Yes: A cardiomyopathy implies a condition where the muscle tissue of the heart does not contract in amanner efficient enough to meet its demands. The weakned heart muscle can be caused by many etiologies, heart attacks, viruses, toxins, etc. When it is labled idiopathic it means the exact cause is unknown. ...Read more

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Are headaches associated with cardiomyopathy?

No: One would not expect a headache from a cardiomyopathy itself unless there were some complication or if the headache resulted from a medication. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between sarcoidosis and cardiomyopathy?

Sarcoidosis: Non-cardiac sarcoidosis doesn't cause cardiomyopathy. But if you have cardiac sarcoidosis it could manifest as cardiomyopathy. It is a kind of infiltrative cardiac disease. ...Read more

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What is the connection between cardiomyopathy and chemotherapy?

Cause and effect: Some forms of chemo therapy can cause cardiomyopathy exerting a direct toxic effect on myocardial tissue. Not all. Just a few. ...Read more