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The Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Your Heart!

Posted on: 15 Sep 2022

By: Dr Vinoth Kumar

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Well! If you are present here and reading this blog, you probably love to drink alcohol and want to know its after-effects on our hearts. Don’t worry! Dr. Vinoth’s Heart Centre is always here to assist you with any cardiovascular problem. So, if we talk about it broadly, the after-effects of alcohol consumption can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. In this blog, we will inform you in detail about the harmful effects of alcohol consumption on our hearts.   

The cardiovascular system comprises the heart and blood vessels. Blood is spread out in the complete body with the help of the heart and these blood vessels through arteries, veins, and capillaries. The blood pumped out from the heart delivers nutrients to the complete body, including alcohol, and alcohol is directly absorbed by the intestines and stomach.   

A person is consuming alcohol results in a temporary increase in blood pressure and heart rate. Therefore, alcohol consumption affects the functioning of the cardiovascular system. However, in the long-term, excess drinking can lead to high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, and weakened heart muscles. All the abovementioned issues can contribute to the increased risk of alcohol-caused stroke and heart attack. If you have any kind of heart-related difficulty, don’t ignore it; consult Dr. Vinoth’s Heart Centre- the best heart clinic in Nallagandla 

High Blood Pressure  

Blood pressure is a force that blood places against the walls of the blood vessels. High BP is when blood is pumping more than usual to the arteries. Drinking alcohol once in a blue moon can temporarily increase blood pressure. However, regular alcohol consumption more than the guidelines can be the reason for alcohol-caused hypertension. In case of hi-pressure, hardening and thickening of arteries can become a risk factor for stroke and heart attack.  

Increased Heart Rate  

Heart rate means the number of times our heart beats in a minute. It means the time between heartbeats may vary. Alcohol consumption can create variations in the number of times heartbeats in a minute. Numerous studies found that drinking heavily regularly can lead to episodes of tachycardia. Involved complications with tachycardia can vary due to their frequency, severity, and length. But it can become the reason for blood clotting that eventually leads to stroke and heart attack.  

Irregular Heart Beat  

The rhythmic change of the heart is known as arrhythmia. Arrhythmia is the change in the heart’s electrical signals because of the abnormal pathways, medicines, stimulants, and blocked signals, and many calls most common symptoms of arrhythmia are the too fast or too slow beating of the individual’s heart. Cardiac arrest and stroke can be caused because of arrhythmia.  

Acute cardiac rhythm disturbance can sometimes be a “holiday heart,” It is usually found after long weekends or holidays like Christmas or New Year, during which a person drinks heavily.   

Weakened Heart Muscle  

The heart plays an imperative role in our body. It circulates oxygen and nutrients throughout our body by generating blood pressure and ensuring blood flows only in one direction. Heart contractions adjust their frequency and force according to the body’s needs. The heart’s ability to contract depends on the muscle layer inside the heart wall. Heart muscle is known as myocardium, and damage to it is known as cardiomyopathy. Heavy alcohol consumption can become a significant reason for cardiomyopathy.   

Therefore, reduce your alcohol consumption, have a healthy diet, and exercise regularly to reduce the risk of heart disease.   

Want to know more about heart-related problems or struggling with any cardiovascular disease? Please search for the best cardiologist near me and consult with them.