I am a 58 year old female, good health, ideal weight, low blood pressure, no coronary artery disease, non-smoker, eat very well . . . but I drink several beers every night to sleep. My EF was low (i.e., in the 40s then down to 30s). Doc put me on an Ace inhibitor and also a beta blocker. I'm trucking along but am tired, and now wake up with congestion. I am sufficiently scared to STOP ALL ALCOHOL but want to know about how possible is to re-strengthen my heart. Additionally, can someone tell me what questions to ask my doc so I can understand the extent of "the damage done"? I understand from my reading that reversal and recovery depends upon the extent of damage.
In short, if alcohol is eliminated, I need a plan forward and a sense of what I can fix. Part of this puzzle entails understanding where I stand now in terms of severity of damage. Are their specific tests or measures that indicate level of heart damage?
Thank you; this is a great blog. Neil, your responses are very useful.