A person who abuses alcohol may be at risk for developing alcoholic cardiomyopathy.
Risk factors for alcoholic cardiomyopathy:
(1) heavy, daily alcohol use (>= 7 standard drinks or > 90 grams of alcohol per day)
(2) for prolonged periods of time (> 5 years, with many patients drinking > 15 years)
(3) continuing to drink heavily once symptomatic
Factors reducing the risk:
(1) prolonged abstinence
Other factors that may contribute to other forms of cardiomyopathy:
(1) malnutrition with thiamine deficiency (beriberi)
(2) concomitant drug abuse (cocaine, other)
(3) untreated hypertension
(4) coronary artery disease
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Purpose: To identify risk factors for alcoholic cardiomyopathy in a patient who abuses alcohol.
Objective: risk factors, severity, prognosis, stage