A Clinic Based Observational Study on Association Between Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Alcohol

Kadarla Rohith Kumar, D. Vamshi Krishna Reddy, Dr P. Manjula
2018 American Journal of PharmTech Research  
Alcohol is the most widely consumed chemical substance in the world. Exposure to high levels of alcohol for a long period could lead to progressive cardiac dysfunction and heart failure. Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is a cardiac dysfunction associated with chronic and excessive alcohol intake. In spite of its clinical importance, data on ACM and how alcohol damages the heart is limited. In this article, we evaluate the available data linking excessive alcohol consumption with heart failure and
more » ... rt failure and dilated cardiomyopathy. The study was conducted in Warangal and a total of 124 patients admitted in the hospital with DCM were included and the subjects were screened based on drinking patterns of alcohol. Alcohol without abstinence was a strong predictor of cardiac death. This suggests that a more aggressive approach to alcohol cessation is needed in these patients. A clinical pharmacist has enormous responsibility in educating the general population as well as the patients about the harmful effects of alcohol on health, addictive nature of alcohol and how abstaining from alcohol will reduce the risk of many cardiovascular disorders. This is important because alcohol is at the top of the list of avoidable risk factors for a disease.
doi:10.46624/ajptr.2018.v8.i5.005 fatcat:hoxaoo3k2zfjpam6ty453fusoq