A 22-year-old female asked:
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if i have had mitral valve repair heart surgery , and now year later drink alcohol occasionally will it weaken my heart valve ?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
ETOH: one drink a day or less should be ok, but you should check with your own doctor
Answered on Jun 17, 2020
Dr. Harinder Gill
38 years experience Cardiology
ALCOHOL: Aside the usual common sense admonitions about alcohol excess applicable to all there is no specific concern with respect to mitral valve repair surgery,Atrial fibrillation is common in patients with chest surgery and mitral valve disorders,alcohol can in susceptible persons potentiate atrial fib so be aware of this.
Answered on May 14, 2019
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience 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 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.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: I strongly urge you curtail alcohol consumption sharply. If not, you are asking for serious additional cardiac issues.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Chapman
40 years experience Cardiology
Generally yes: Check with your doc, but in general, alcohol in moderation is ok after you are healed from your surgery.

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