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When should alcohol cardiomyopathy be suspected?

All patients with dilated cardiomyopathy should be asked about alcohol consumption. In addition, macrocytosis is a good indicator of chronic alcohol abuse, even when liver function tests are normal. Susceptibility to the adverse effects of alcohol on the heart is apparently individual. Susceptibility is demonstrated by the presence of immunoglobin A on the sarcolemma and […] Read more

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What is the prognosis in alcoholic cardiomyopathy?

The prognosis is variable, depending on the extent of cardiac involvement. If the patient continues to drink, the prognosis is particularly grave. In one study, patients who remained abstinent over a 4-year period experienced a 9% mortality rate, whereas of those who continued to drink, 50% died during the same 4 years. Unfortunately, the recovery […] Read more