Which physical findings are characteristic of holiday heart syndrome (HHS)?

Updated: May 30, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jose M Dizon, MD  more...
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On physical examination, the patient with holiday heart syndrome may show signs of alcohol intoxication and have alcohol on the breath. Depending on the cardiac rhythm, the patient may have an irregular or thready pulse. Cardiac auscultation is usually normal, except for an "irregularly irregular" pulse. Mental status findings may be impaired, consistent with alcohol intoxication or hypotension if present.


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