From the August 1972 magazine.

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Alcoholism and Heart Disease

Alcoholics run a greater risk of suffering from a slowly deteriorating heart disease, rather than heart attack, which is sudden, and almost always fatal, Henry B. Murphree, Ph.D., told an international seminar on alcoholism held in New Jersey. While the results are different, both originate in blood-vessel diseases.

Dr. Murphree, a professor of pharmacology and psychiatry at Rutgers Medical School, said that prolonged heavy drinking may contribute to hypertension, and can also cause degeneration of the muscles inside the heart. Unless the disease is treated, congestive heart failure may result.

-- Physician Alcohol Newsletter

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