A 28-year-old female asked:
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Drinking alcohol after having mitral valve heart surgery for leaky heart valve allowed? Will alcohol have any effects on repaired heart valve?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience in Addiction Medicine
It's bad post-op: Alcohol impairs the bodies immune system, including the white cells that eat up germs and those that make antibodies, as well as the cells (fibroblasts) that help us lay down fibrous tissue and scar. It is also, depending on the dose, potentially toxic to the heart, weakening the heartbeat. It also impairs blood clotting, and if you are any anti-clotting agents is dangerous. Talk to your md.
Answered on Apr 26, 2019
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Dr. Philip Ovadia
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No: Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol will not damage the heart in any way. Excessive alcohol intake over a long period of time can cause damage to th ... Read More
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Dr. David Earle
30 years experience in General Surgery
No: Alcohol won't damage the heart valve, or affect the repair. Remember however that moderation is key with alcohol consumption. Hope this helps!
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Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Alcohol: Should have no significant effect on valve repair. Drinking 1-2 drinks per day for a male seems to help prevent early mortality.

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