Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy

  • George E. Burch
  • Thomas D. Giles


For more than 100 years (Wood, 1855; Friedreich, 1861) physicians have suspected that chronic ingestion of large quantities of beverages containing ethanol might resuh in heart disease, but the precise relationship between alcoholism and cardiovascular disease remained obscure. However, in recent years interest in the relationship of alcoholic intake to the production of heart disease has increased considerably. The exact incidence of cardiovascular disease resulting from ingestion of excessive quantities of alcohol is still unknown. Accurate data with respect to such incidence are difficult to obtain because of the unreliable reports of patients concerning the amount of alcohol consumed and because of the lack of recognition by many physicians of the association of alcohol intake to heart disease.


Alcoholic Beverage Chronic Alcoholic Conditioning Factor Thiamine Deficiency Chronic Alcoholism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George E. Burch
    • 1
  • Thomas D. Giles
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MedicineTulane University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.The Charity Hospital of LouisianaNew OrleansUSA

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