Ventricular function in noncardiacs with alcoholic fatty liver: role of ethanol in the production of cardiomyopathy.

Since many patients with cardiomyopathy have a history of chronic ethanolism often associated with malnutrition, we have evaluated left ventricular (LV) function in alcoholics with fatty liver, who had no clinical evidence of cardiac or nutritional disease. During an afterload test of LV function the pressor response to angiotensin evoked a threefold rise… CONTINUE READING