Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy

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Can I drink alcohol if I have arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy?

Alcohol can have several negative effects on your heart if you have arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). It can raise your heart rate and cause arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), and increase your blood pressure. It can also cause damage to the muscle of the heart. For someone with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, whose heart is already under pressure and may be struggling to function normally, alcohol can add to this strain. For these reasons, it is advisable to minimize the amount of alcohol you drink.

You may not need to completely avoid alcohol, but keeping within the standard guidelines is generally recommended, particularly to reduce any effect on the heart.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • https://www.thinkgenetic.com/diseases/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-109924/living-with/70266 • DATE UPDATED: 2019-11-12

References

Accessed March 29, 2019: https://www.cardiomyopathy.org/physical-health/lifestyle-management

British Heart Foundation "Inherited heart conditions: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy". https://www.cardiomyopathy.org/downloads/information-section/bhf-booklets/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy.pdf Accessed 29MAR2019.

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