Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy

CLC’s team, led by Mr. Panagiotopoulos Vaggelis, Medical School of Athens graduate, mentored and supervised our students Papandreou Andreas, Fotinelis Christoforos, Boukouvalas Konstantinos, Pavlakaki Katerina, and Chaldeaki Evangelia to carry out a research project on the effect of alcohol consumption in cardiomyopathy.

The heart muscle is the most valuable muscle of the human body. When it malfunctions, people are at high risk of developing heart failure and finally dying. One of the main causes of heart failure is dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a disease in which the chambers of the heart, especially the left ventricle, stretch and become thinner. There are a lot of risk factors that can lead to DCM depending on one’s genetic predisposition and lifestyle choices. Chronic alcohol abuse may be one of the most important causes leading to DCM, which is then called alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM). However, there are a lot of discussions about whether frequent low alcohol consumption can be beneficial for the cardiovascular system. The aim of the paper is to investigate the effect of alcohol in the pathogenesis of dilated cardiomyopathy and whether it can be beneficial.

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