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Alcoholic cardiomyopathy

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy

Overview

Excessive use of alcohol has a direct toxic effect on the heart muscle cells. The heart muscle becomes weakened and cannot pump blood efficiently. The lack of blood flow affects all parts of the body, resulting in damage to multiple tissues and organ systems. Alcohol may also directly damage the liver.

Update Date 5/15/2008