... We went to the e.r. for excessive swelling and he couldn't breathe very well. He gained 40 lbs in a month.. He has a family history of high blood pressure coupled with an alcohol problem. His heart, liver and spleen are enlarged. He is at 15% EF and on lopressor, Aldactone, lisinopril & lasix and wears a zoll life vest. Since his diagnosis we have his first cardiologist appt a month from now.. He is starting to forget whole conversations 2 mins after we talk. He sleeps most of the day and when he's awake he drinks vodka mixed drinks. He throws up constantly but he's been throwing up since I met him 5 years ago. Im not sure if that was the alcohol or his acid reflux or if iys all related. He won't let me help him and I don't even know how to help him. . and he won't get help. I'm not sure what to do it is getting very frustrating and I'm getting to the end of my rope. :(
Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy - My fiance was diagnosed with noneschemic cardiomyopathy in may.?
- 25 Jul 2015 by Chaliva
- 26 July 2015
- cardiomyopathy, alcoholic cardiomyopathy, alcohol
Added 25 Jul 2015:
He is dizzy, tired, irritable. I read these are all normal symptoms but could the order he takes the meds be an issue? Or is it really just the alcohol ..?
Hi, obviously the alcohol will increase, and certainly not help, all of his problems... the organ inflammation, swelling from the heart condition, the heart condition itself, acid reflux and cognitive response... I understand how frustrating and scary it is - my father has had many heart complications over the years, Endocarditis (which he nearly lost his life to), heart failure, AF, and he desperately needs a heart valve replacement, he is also currently retaining fluid, and he continues to drink every day! He also has Hypertension and is showing signs of Alzheimers - also forgetting conversations. Myself, my mum, his doctor and cardiologist, and the rest of the family have tried talking to him, and warned him about what he is doing to himself, but alas, has fallen on deaf ears! It is true that, unless the person (who is drinking) wants to change, no one can convince them to do so. It is a very destructive and scary situation i know! You can continue to talk with your fiance, tell him how much you love him and that you would love to walk down the aisle sometime in the future, and that you are worried he will be too ill to fulfill your dream... with his heart condition mixed with the alcohol, there is a very real possibility that he could wake up one morning with the start of organ failure and become very ill very quickly! I'm not trying to scare you, but this is a reality. I wish there was something else i could suggest, it is just a very sad situation. Do you or your fiance have family that could support you both?
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