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Will drinking affect heart valves if you have had your mitral valve repaired? will alcohol occasionaly weaken it?

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Dr. Hiep Le answered

Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis

I do not think so but alcohol abstinence should be adhered in a patient with significant heart disease.

Answered 10/12/2021

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Dr. Ramalingaier Parameswaran answered

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Alcohol does affect even though there are no specific reports of its effect on the valve tissue. My best advice would be to refrain from alcohol if you have had a problem requiring surgery. You should discuss this further with your cardiologist since he/she is aware of the indication for the surgery, the presence of any cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac enlargement etc. Good luck.

Answered 10/13/2021

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