beer drinkers' cardiomyopathy


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beer drinkers’ cardiomyopathy

A condition of historical interest that occurred when cobalt was added to malt as a ‘frothing’ agent, which affected those who consumed 2+ litres of cobalt-treated beer per day. Findings included cardiomegaly, congestive heart failure, tachycardia, hypotension and hepatomegaly.
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beer drinkers' cardiomyopathy

Enlargement and defective functioning of the heart muscle with congestive HEART FAILURE in heavy drinkers of beer. Some cases were found to be due to the toxic effect of cobalt added to beer.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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