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Forum Name: Pericardial Diseases

Question: Alcohol and pericarditis?

 amsmith911 - Wed Mar 31, 2004 4:39 am

my husband is 47y old with no medical problems.he went to the er with cheast pain in the begining of feburary and was initally treated for mi.he was transfered to a heart hospital and after numerous,ekg,electro cardiagrams and angio cath he was diagnosed with pericarditis.he stayed in the hospital for 4 day for pain management and to watch him for effusion due to all the thronbolitics he recieved in er.he never had effusion.he came home on nasaids and 7 days later the pain came back badly.they then put him on prednisone.he has been off prednisone for three days.

he is an alcoholic.he drank very hevaily this weekend.he went to work monday and then tuesday morning he started having cheast pain again and inability to sleep.he took the nasaids and percocet for pain.he took quite a bit of the pain meds and he drank about 10 beers.if he isn't feeling better in the morning i am taking him back to the doctor one way or another.drunk or not.

what i want to know is if his alcoholism is contributing to the pericarditis recurring?he has not been honest with the doctor about how much he drinks.he doesn't want to stop drinking.but i need to know how this is efecting his condition.he drinks 3 beers monday through friday and 18-35 on the weekend!

sorry for the bad spelling.
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Wed Mar 31, 2004 4:49 pm

User avatar Dear amsmith,

It is sometimes difficult to differentiate between how the electrocardiograms of pericarditis and myocardial infarction look like.

At any rate, alcohol is very well known to cause heart muscle damage and heart failure, but, to my knowledge, i never heard of any relationship between alcohol and pericarditis.

It is a good thing of course to try and convince your husband to quit drinking because alcohol has its very well known health risks affecting the liver, stomach, nerves, brain, heart and many other organs.

Thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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