In 2005, I presented twice to the Emergency Room with what appeared to be the onset of a heart attack - left arm cramps, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, cold sweats and some discomfort at the center of my chest.
After spending hours in the ER being monitored by ECG and having blood tests (for cardiac enzymes), I was told that it was all STRESS RELATED.
I was prescribed sublingual Ativan to deal with future "episodes" which they said were panic attacks.
A few months after my second visit, GI bleeding sent me to my gastroenterologist for endoscopy exam.
At that point, the Doc was able to see that I was a heavy drinker and that my symptoms, including the original cardiovascular symptoms were alcohol related.
He referred my to an MD who specializes in alcoholism and addiction (NOT A COUNSELOR).
FINALLY ... all the pieces of the puzzle were put together, and the MD explained that I was suffering from a serious vitamin deficiency (mainly Thiamin (B1) and Folate (folic acid).
He gave me a 30 ct. bottle of EVENOL ( a thiamin and folate rich multi-vitamin designed specifically for heavy drinkers ).
Within 2 weeks, ALL of my Cardiac AND GI problems were gone.
I've done lots of research since, and ALL of the clinical evidence is available on the internet.
Chronic, heavy drinking causes thiamin and folate deficiencies that can lead to serious health problems, including congestive heart failure, neuropathy, and chronic IBS and GI bleeding.
The medical community needs to learn MORE about vitamins and supplements!
This product, EVENOL, which is NOT a prescription drug (and likely why many physicians are not prescribing it to their patients), has helped me tremendously!
Read more about it at evenol.com or blog.evenol.com !