SAMUEL ZONERAICH, M.D.; MAYER BALLAS, M.D.; OLGA ZONERAICH, M.D.; FRED ROSNER, M.D.
To the editor: We read with interest the article by Greenspon and Schaal (1) and the accompanying editorial (2) on "the holiday heart" and its relation to acute alcohol ingestion. We agree that chronic alcoholics not under the influence of alcohol do not develop significant arrhythmias. In a group of 67 consecutive alcoholics with a history of daily intake of 360 mL of alcohol for at least 5 years and no evidence of heart disease, we saw only sinus tachycardia in 5 and persistent ST-T wave changes in 8 patients (3). Arrhythmias occurred only in those under the influence of
ZONERAICH S, BALLAS M, ZONERAICH O, ROSNER F. Alcohol and the Heart. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:671–672. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-5-671
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(5_Part_1):671-672.
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