Russian Heart Failure Journal 2004year Alcohol and heart failure. Part 2. Dilated and alcohol cardiomyopathy: similarity and differences


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Alcohol and heart failure. Part 2. Dilated and alcohol cardiomyopathy: similarity and differences

Zhirov I.V., Sarbalinova G.K.

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The second part of lecture focuses on a specific alcohol injury of the heart, alcohol cardiomyopathy (ACMP). Mechanisms of ACMP, its clinical and ECG signs are considered. A considerable similarity of morphological, clinical and diagnostic signs between ACMP and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCMP) was demonstrated. ACMP often results in development of heart failure (HF) with persistent tachycardia and short breathing as early signs, especially in men of young and middle age. It is stressed that prognosis in ACMP depends on the ability of a patient to give up alcohol consumption.

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