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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Alcohol and Sudden Cardiac Death


Alcohol abuse takes a heavy toll on the human body in a number ways: liver damage, pancreas damage, brain damage, and heart problems are among some of the worst side effects associated with problem drinking. While alcohol may affect everyone in a different way, there is no question that prolonged alcohol abuse eventually catches up with one's mind and body. New research has shown that alcohol consumption and obesity are among the top causes of sudden cardiac death that is not caused by coronary artery disease.

In most cases heart disease is caused by a buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries, researchers in the study looked at deaths from heart disease not caused by coronary artery disease, or nonischemic causes of sudden heart death. Nonischemic heart disease has to do with a disease in one or more of the heart muscles, changing how the heart functions reducing its ability to move blood and oxygen throughout the body.

The study found 78 percent of heart deaths were due to coronary artery disease, the 22 percent of deaths not related to coronary artery disease had to do with alcohol consumption and obesity, reports HealthDay.
People who drink a lot of alcohol regularly should be cognizant of these finding as they apply to them, alcohol can cause a slow and painful death. Unless problems are dealt with early on individuals will surely have serious health issues down the road and in most cases are beyond repair.

The findings come from a study of almost 2,700 people in Finland who died of sudden cardiac death.

The findings are published in the journal HeartRhythm.

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