How Alcohol Damages The Heart?
Some of the biggest critics of drug use are people who drink alcohol. They do not seem to see it as a drug, but it really is. As a drug, it affects parts of the body, the heart being one of them. A condition known as alcoholic cardiomyopathy, is a direct example of the heart being damaged by alcoholism. Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is when the heart becomes enlarged and weakened by heavy drinking.
A person can get high blood pressure from heavy drinking as well. Drinking too much alcohol can raise the level of fats in the body causing a condition known as triglycerides. This can increase the risk for heart failure as well as the added calorie intake.
Many circulatory problems can be pinpointed back to a person's excessive drinking. Congestive heart failure and strokes are also the risks involved with alcoholism. This is not meant to scare you but to let you know it really happens. Just one month ago, this writer had a friend suffer from a stroke as a result of excessive drinking. He is still in the hospital, and the long-term effects of his stroke will be permanent according to his physician. He can talk but he will not be able to walk, and his left side is completely paralyzed. He is still in his thirties.
Women can fall victim to heart disease just as easily and probably more so than men do. This is because alcohol stays in a woman's system longer, and it takes less alcohol to intoxicate her than it does a man. Age for either gender is also a factor as the older a person gets, the harder time the body has to metabolize alcohol, so it ends up staying in the body for a longer period of time and therefore, continues to intoxicate it.
Pregnant women who drink can also be causing damage to their unborn child's heart. These effects on a baby's heart can be irreversible, often leading to either a miscarriage or death soon after birth. It is always important to remember that the old adage is true: just as a woman is “eating for two," she is drinking for two as well. What goes into a woman's system goes into her unborn child's system as well.
Some people have heart conditions that were not caused by alcohol yet drinking can make these conditions worse. A person with an irregular rhythm (known as arrhythmia), for instance, can be made worse with the involvement of alcohol, making the arrhythmia bad enough that is could lead to cardiac arrest and death.
The sooner people realize that drinking to get drunk or relieve stress causes other problems that can end up being long-term or permanent, the sooner they can alleviate the probability of becoming just another statistic in how alcohol damages the heart. Don't be one of those statistics.