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Are people with alcoholic heart (cardiomyopathy ) more likely to get septicemia?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not necessarily
Unless their immune system otherwise compromised.

In brief: Not necessarily
Unless their immune system otherwise compromised.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Frank Mayo
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: No
If they have advanced liver disease that would increase the risk for infection.

In brief: No
If they have advanced liver disease that would increase the risk for infection.
Dr. Frank Mayo
Dr. Frank Mayo
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Dr. Chong Kim
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
Alcoholics in general are prone to infections due to poor nutrition.
Cardiomyopathy due alcohol usually means they are cirrhotic. They can become very sick (septic), very easily.

In brief: Yes
Alcoholics in general are prone to infections due to poor nutrition.
Cardiomyopathy due alcohol usually means they are cirrhotic. They can become very sick (septic), very easily.
Dr. Chong Kim
Dr. Chong Kim
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