A 22-year-old female asked:
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is alcohol allowed for a heart that has gone through open heart surgery. i had to go through mitral valve repair surgery. can i drink alcohol drinks?

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Yes: Occaisonal and limited.
Answered on Nov 8, 2014

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Dr. David Earle
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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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