How Do Doctors Treat ACM?
To treat alcoholic cardiomyopathy, the person has to stop drinking. Therefore, ACM treatments often include rehabilitation programs that can help the patient withdraw from alcoholism entirely. This lets the heart heal and prevent further complications.
Furthermore, the patient is required to have a low salt diet and medications, such as beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics. Hospitalization might also be necessary to monitor the patient’s condition. Nevertheless, severe cases would require more invasive types of treatments, such as a biventricular pacemaker, implantable defibrillator (ICD), or heart transplant.
Unfortunately, many people with alcoholism will find rehab difficult, so family and friends of the patient need to offer support or, in some cases, intervention.
Can You Prevent ACM?
The best way to prevent alcoholic cardiomyopathy is to limit or stop drinking alcoholic beverages. If you must, or you really want to, stay within the recommended daily limit and do it occasionally. If you find it hard to stop drinking, consult a licensed medical professional.