How does binge drinking affect the heart?

Alcohol and Heart. Acutely, binge drinking can result in electrolyte imbalance which can cause heart rhythm problems. Chronically, alcohol usage can result in alcohol induced cardiomyopathy.

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Does binge drinking have an effect on your heart?

Yes. There is a phenomenon called "holiday heart syndrome" where binge drinking causes abnormal heart rhythms.
Yes. In fact doctors used to call the mini-epidemic of people with heart rhythm disturbances (svt, atrial fibrillation) that they saw in their ers after heavy drinking "holiday heart." when the binges become frequent and closer together, it can cause alcoholic cardiomyopathy, an irreversible form of heart failure that often results in severe disability and early death.

Is it common to permanently damage your heart from one episode of binge drinking?

No. However, alcohol can cause heart rhythm disturbances like atrial fibrillation and supraventricular tachycardias that can cause serious complications, including very low blood pressure, fainting, stroke and even death. Permanent damage to the heart (alcoholic cardiomyopathy) generally comes from many years of very very heavy drinking in susceptible people, and is relatively rare.

Could you tell me why my heart is racing after binge drinking?

Alcohol. Alcohol triggered tachyarrhythmias are common. Your body has sent you a message that you don't tolerate lots of alcohol. If you continue using large amounts of alcohol, repeat episodes and toxic damage to the heart are likely in the cards for you.

Why is binge drinking bad for the heart and blood arteries?

Cellular toxicity. There are likely many mechanisms of action but it is perhaps most important to mention that excessive acetaldehyde and alcohol that accompanies binge drinking is cytotoxic and can lead to cellular death and injury. The biochemical mechanism likely involves oxidative stress and protein denaturation. There is also the metabolic damage that binge drinking does in terms of calories. Stay safe!
Inflammatory changes. Alcoholic beverages contain ethanol, which is metabolized to acetaldehyde in the body. In binge drinking acetaldehyde levels rise and remain high for many hours after drinking. This causes blood cells called monocytes to become more sticky and attracted to artery walls -- also increases in other factors which cause inflammatory changes in vessels. Http://tinyurl. Com/la7lzx7.