Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy

About

  • Alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM) is caused by chronic alcohol consumption. It is one of the main causes of left ventricular dysfunction and is the leading cause of nonischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy. ACM is characterised by an increased left ventricular end-diastolic diameter and a reduced left ventricular ejection fraction.

    Load more

    Alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM) is caused by chronic alcohol consumption. It is one of the main causes of left ventricular dysfunction and is the leading cause of nonischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy. ACM is characterised by an increased left ventricular end-diastolic diameter and a reduced left ventricular ejection fraction.

    Blood tests will show signs of liver injury and confirm alcohol abuse, while chest X-ray shows pulmonary congestion, cardiomegaly and pleural effusions.

    ACM is mainly treated by total abstinence from alcohol or a significant reduction in alcohol consumption. Pharmacological treatment should be directed toward the management of alcohol abuse in combination with psychotherapy and follow up.

    Load Less
Subscribe to Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy