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Can an x ray of the heart show a doctor any signs of alchol abuse ?

Can an x ray of the heart show a doctor any signs of alchol abuse? My doctor is giving me some type of x ray for my heart... at my appointment i will be 2 weeks sober is their anyway he could tell i drink from an x ray still? i ve been drinking about 8 months about once a week.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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I don't think that 8 months once a week of drinking would cause heart problems. However, alcohol abuse can cause heart problems such as alcoholic cardomyopathy which can be detected by x-ray. The signs would be enlargement of the heart, fluid in the lungs etc. See link. Two weeks without drinking would not correct those problems if you had them. It's a one way trip down hill.
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