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A 50-year-old member asked:

How soon can you drink coffee after having heart valve surgery?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Soon: Usually you can drink coffee as early as you can eat or drink anything else. If you have arrhythmias post-operatively, we recommend not drinking caffeinated products however.
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Soon: Up to surgeon and team. When taking oral feedings would likely include if desired.
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 24 years experience
Usually, very soon: Usually, once you are able to to take thin liquids, which for most people is the next day after surgery. Sometimes patients have problems swallowing (usually temporary), which can delay coffee for a bit.

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Last updated Aug 3, 2019


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