A 23-year-old female asked:
does alcohol weaken heart valves and is it bad to drink if you have had mitral valve repair heart surgery to fix leaky valve.
2 doctor answers
Dr. David Earle answered
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!
Answered on May 27, 2015
Dr. Calvin Weisberger answered
50 years experience Cardiology
Alcohol: Alcohol weakens heart muscle, it doesn't do much to the valves. More than one drink a day is 'bad' for everybody and recently suggested to be even worse as you get past middle age.
Answered on May 28, 2015
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