WILSON C. GRANT, Ph.D.; FRED WASSERMAN, M.D.; PAUL L. RODENSKY, M.D.; ROBERT V. THOMSON, M.D.
There is a widely circulated statement that alcoholics rarely die of coronary atherosclerosis. Despite this general impression, the small amount of data available does not substantiate this belief.1 Since it is often impossible to obtain reliable information concerning alcohol consumption, a more objective criterion was sought in the form of cirrhosis of the liver. While it is true that portal cirrhosis is associated with a variety of conditions, a major concomitant is alcoholism.
Previous work2 consisted of a study of the incidence of coronary arteriosclerotic changes in cirrhotic patients. Unfortunately, the noncirrhotic control group with which they were compared was
GRANT WC, WASSERMAN F, RODENSKY PL, THOMSON RV. THE INCIDENCE OF MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION IN PORTAL CIRRHOSIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;51:774–779. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-51-4-774
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;51(4):774-779.
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