Alcoholic dilated cardiomyopathy
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Alcoholic dilated cardiomyopathy

Anna Adam Heart failure specialist nurse, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Chorley
Christopher Nicholson Cardiac nurse specialist–heart failure, Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust, Preston
Lynn Owens Nurse consultant–alcohol services, University of Liverpool, Liverpool

This article provides an overview of alcoholic dilated cardiomyopathy. It aims to increase awareness of the condition among nurses, and help in early diagnosis and appropriate treatment referrals. The key message is that all patients with alcoholic dilated cardiomyopathy should be advised and assisted to stop drinking alcohol.

Correspondence christopher.nicholson@centrallancashire.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 22, 38,42-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.05.22.38.42.c6565

Published in print: 28 May 2008

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review