Binge Drinking–Induced Subtle Myocardial Injury
Article first published online: 25 JUN 2013
Copyright © 2013 by the Research Society on Alcoholism
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Volume 37, Issue 8, pages 1261–1263, August 2013
How to Cite
Waszkiewicz, N., Szulc, A. and Zwierz, K. (2013), Binge Drinking–Induced Subtle Myocardial Injury. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37: 1261–1263. doi: 10.1111/acer.12208
- Issue published online: 26 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 25 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 17 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Received: 4 MAY 2013
- binge drinking;
- myocardial injury
Most of the clinical, histopathological, and biochemical studies consider the effect of chronic alcohol intoxication on myocardial injury. Much less attention has been paid to acute alcohol (binge drinking)–induced cardiotoxicity, even though alcohol binging is much more common than alcohol dependence.
We briefly present some of the binge drinking–induced “holiday heart” effects. The literature was searched to find effects of alcohol on heart.
In binge drinking, the literature has demonstrated transient myocardial subtle changes in cardiac magnetic resonance, increased serological markers of myocardial injury and inflammation, abnormal cardiac rhythm, changes in other biochemical and ultrastructural indices of myocardial dysfunction, as well as changes in metabolism, blood pressure, heart rate, thrombosis/fibrinolysis processes, and coronary vasoconstriction.
Although acute low alcohol exposure has widely proven positive effect on myocardial function, heavy acute drinking frequent events are related to adverse cardiovascular effects.