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.
Yes. Absolutely. Chronic alcohol dependency can adversely affect and damage every organ in the body, except the kidneys. Alcohol can damage the heart muscle-irreversibly. See: www.Aa.Org.

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Can smoking contribute to a heart attack?

Yes. Risk factors for heart attacks include age, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history, and tobacco use. Among other things, smoking leads to chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) that forces the heart to work harder to maintain the same level of perfusion, predisposing to a number of cardiomyopathies including right-sided heart failure and myocardial infarction. Read more...

Can drug addiction contribute to a heart attack?

Yes, depends on drug. Many drugs of abuse can contribute to a heart attack. Stimulants or "uppers" are especially likely to do this. For example, Cocaine has been known to precipitate heart attacks by causing spasm and constriction of the arteries and increasing heart rate. Amphetamines are thought to contribute to heart attacks through a similar mechanism. Read more...
Yes! . Particularly addiction to stimulants! sooooo bad for the heart. If i had a dollar for every young person i'd treated who screwed up there heart with cocaine, meth, crack, etc., i'd retire right now. Well, no i wouldn't because i love what i do, but drugs will f-up your heart for sure! yo! yo! yo! it's the truth. Iv drugs are super bad, too. Be well. Read more...

Fan died of apparent heart attack at stadium. Was a hot day. Did heat contribute or was this man likely to die that day (or soon) no matter what?

Who knows? We know nothing about this man, his medical history, what medications he was on, if was intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, etc. impossible to say. He could have been dying of cancer and wanted to see one last game. Anything is possible. . Read more...

I had a heart attack when I was younger, will this contribute to me getting cardiomyopathy?

Possibly. When you have a heart attack and your heart muscle is damaged, your heart becomes less effective at meeting your body's demands for blood. This can become heart failure, resulting in cardiomyopathy. Also, if the heart disease that caused the heart attack is not treated you can have other heart attacks without symptoms. All people who have had a heart attack should be followed by a cardiologist. Read more...
Maybe. A single, small heart attack may not cause enough heart damage to result in cardiomyopathy. Hardening of arteries which causes heart attacks progresses unless the cause is interrupted by treating the contributing causes. Healthy life style, medical evaluation and lowering your risk factors is effective in preventing cardiomyopathy. Read more...

I'm having pain in my left arm and arm pit and scared its my heart or heart attack, been to er and everything was clear, I don't smoke, I'm 33, I have lost weight and only now weight 117 and I barely drink. I need help with this because I've been to the E

See my previous post. The incidence of heart attack in premenopausal women who don't have diabetes and don't smoke is on the order of 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 5,000. You're more likely to be die driving to the grocery. I suspect you've pulled a muscle in your arm or shoulder. You sound like you need reassurance - why not be examined by your personal physician, who hopefully knows you well. Read more...