How does alcoholism relate to heart disease?

Myocardiopathy. Weakens heart muscle but also effects multiple systems which also indirectly adversely effects the heart.
Too much not good. Moderate alcohol (1-2 drinks/day) is associated with lower rates of coronary disease. However excess alcohol use can sometimes cause weakened heart muscles and congestive heart failure. Alcohol binges may also trigger arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation. An often forgotten fact is that excess alcohol can raise blood pressure, as well as raise triglycerides and thereby lower "good" cholesterol.

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How do catecholamine levels relate to heart disease?

Many ways. Catecholamines (Adrenaline) can increase blood pressure, or act directly on the hearts nervous system to cause palpitations/raise heart rate. Artificial catecholamines mimic exercise/stress and can increase the demands on the heart. Thus, caution must be taken in someone who has heart disease. Exercise can prevent heart disease, but may need primary doctor evaluation before starting program. Read more...

How does the vagus nerve relate to heart disease?

Brake on the heart. The vagus nerve (cranial nerve 10) is the "brake" on the heart. When it is activated it slows down the heart. In heart disease, it can be either helpful or part of the problem, depending on the particular disease process at work. If it's over-active, it can force the heart to beat to slowly. If it isn't working, it can let the heart beat to fast. Read more...
Slows the heart. In general the vagus nerve is like a shock absorber on a speed bump or pothole. When large swings in the heart rate occur due to various factors, the vagus nerve modulates this. The vagus nerve does not relate to heart disease directly but can have deleterious effects if it is stimulated at a time when higher heart rates are required. It is integral in patients with syncope (passing out). Read more...

Sings of heart disease in women?

Music? "i left my heart in san francisco" always comes to mind, of course. I assume there's a typo: signs? Same as men with these caveats: premenopausal women don't get heart attacks unless they smoke, have diabetes, or use cocaine. Chest pain in older women may be atypical. In both men and women, there may be no pain at all. Shortness of breath alone may be a pain surrogate. Read more...

What does heart disease do to you?

A lot. Depending on the actual diagnosis and severity of it, heart disease can lead to things such as fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, or even death. Read more...
It can range from. Little to nothing to death ...It is the #1 killer often & women in the usa so it's serious. Read more...

How can you diagnose heart disease?

H&P, tests. Through nuclear stress test, stress echocardiogram, echocardiogram, pet scan, ct scan, and ekgs. These tests are only used after a thorough history and physical that provides the indications for the appropriate test(s). Read more...
Heart diagnosis. To diagnose heart disease we use history, physical exam, ecg, chest xray, echocardiogram, various imaging and nuclear imaging studies and cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography. There are other tests also which i haven't mentioned. Read more...

Can BP 158/98 give me heart disease?

Hypertension. Yes your high blood pressure can cause heart disease especially if untreated. Read more...
Yes. If you let high BP go too long you may get cardiac enlargement and mi or heart failure. Go see your doctor with no coffee, tea, cola or monstor drinks that day. Read more...
Not only Heart . Disease, but all sorts of vascular complications such as stroke, aortic aneurysm, kidney disease and vascular dementia. Read more...