Normalization of variables of left ventricular function in patients with alcoholic cardiomyopathy after cessation of excessive alcohol intake: An echocardiographic study

D. Pavan, G. L. Nicolosi, C. Lestuzzi, C. Burelli, F. Zardo, D. Zanuttini

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Abstract

An excessive alcohol intake has been reported as one of the possible causes or risk factors of 'alcoholic cardiomyopathy'. The possibility that this cardiomyopathy may improve or even reverse if the alcohol abuse has been terminated has been suggested, but unequivocal echocardiographic documentation of this improvement has never been described. This study reports the normalization of cardiac chamber dimensions and of variables of left ventricular function documented by M-mode and cross-sectional echocardiographic follow-up studies, after cessation of excessive consumption of alcohol, in three cases of alcoholic cardiomyopathy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-540
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Heart Journal
Volume8
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Physiology

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