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Severe alcoholic cardiomyopathy reversed with abstention from alcohol.

Authors
  • Schwartz, L
  • Sample, K A
  • Wigle, D E
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American Journal of Cardiology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1975
Volume
36
Issue
7
Pages
963–966
Identifiers
PMID: 128286
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

In a chronic alcoholic with a severe congestive cardiomyopathy the angiographic and hemodynamic evidence of left ventricular dysfunction was completely reversed after 1 year of abstinence. At the time of initial presentation two of the traditional hallmarks of a poor prognosis were present, namely, a long exposure to alcohol before the onset of symptoms and severe diffuse left ventricular dilation and hypokinesis (ejection fraction 14.9 percent). Yet, today, 18 months later he is asymptomatic, receiving no medications and has normal left ventricular function. A reexamination of prognostic factors in alcoholic cardiomyopathy may be indicated.

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