Medline ® Abstract for Reference 85
of 'Alcoholic cardiomyopathy'
Regression of severe alcoholic cardiomyopathy after abstinence of 10 weeks.
Agatston AS, Snow ME, Samet P
Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 1986;10(4):386.
Alcoholic cardiomyopathy usually has a poor prognosis, but the case presented here documents a dramatic regression of left ventricular dysfunction in a patient with alcoholic cardiomyopathy. Ejection fraction determined by echocardiography increased from 12% at the time of presentation to 45% 10 weeks later. This was associated with clinical resolution of congestive heart failure and a decrease in cardiac and left ventricular size documented by chest x-ray and echocardiography.