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Does drinking alcohol affect coarctation of the aorta?

Does drinking alcohol affect coarctation of the aorta?

Shouldn't: Always drink in moderation. But drinking alcohol should not directly affect a typical coarctation. Please discuss your specific issues with your cardiologist to be sure. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Son had surgery for coarctation aorta, brain was cooled to 25 degrees, are there any possible long term side effects associated with the brain cooling?

Son had surgery for coarctation aorta, brain was cooled to 25 degrees, are there any possible long term side effects associated with the brain cooling?

Yes: Long term issues are incompletely understood. There are fewer long term problems with deep hypothermia vs regular circulatory arrest. But both sets of patients have some behavioral and cognitive issues. Please discuss specific issues with your doctor. ...Read more

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My son was born with hypoplastic coarctation aorta. As it was hypoplastic does that mean the problem occured during fetal/heart development?

Yes: Coarctation of the aorta is a congenital heart defect, meaning that it is an abnormality of cardiovascular development. Sometimes, there is associated aortic arch hypoplasia, which is probably what you are referring to. This combination requires a more extensive surgical repair for success. Generally, the arch hypoplasia is associated with more severe coarctation presenting early in life. ...Read more

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6 month son has heart checkup next month, operated for coarctation aorta at 1 week. Has bicispid valve and open pfo. Whats hould i be asking?

6 month son has heart checkup next month, operated for coarctation aorta at 1 week. Has bicispid valve and open pfo. Whats hould i be asking?

Depends: There are many things you could be asking. The most important is if there is any residual aortic obstruction and any aortic valve stenosis. Bicuspid aortic valves are common and can have no consequences, or they can become narrowed (rarely in infancy, but when older if at all). Pfo's are also common and do not require any treatment unless there are specific, rare issues, as an adult. ...Read more

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16 month son had heart surgery for coarctation aorta.He also has bicuspid valve, 2 pulm veins into 1 on one side anat. Still has 1-2 murmur - usual ?

16 month son had heart surgery for coarctation aorta.He also has bicuspid valve, 2 pulm veins into 1 on one side anat. Still has 1-2 murmur - usual ?

Murmur : Heart murmur is not always abnormal. In children "innocent murmur" can be heard. Residual murmur may be related to the bicuspid valve or anomalous pulmonary venous return. Best to be followed by a pediatric cardiologist. ...Read more

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Why can't I get a full night's sleep without drinking alcohol or taking a sedative?

Why can't I get a full night's sleep without drinking alcohol or taking a sedative?

See your doctor: For a work up. It may be related to your use of alcohol and medications, but insomnia can be related to many medical problems. Get it checked out before you self medicate. ...Read more

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I've just been prescribed sertraline. I know drinking alcohol isn't recommended - but can you drink any at all on an occasion?

I've just been prescribed sertraline. I know drinking alcohol isn't recommended - but can you drink any at all on an occasion?

Limit alcohol: Wait a minute, you aren't old enough to drink yet! Hypothetically speaking, it would be ok to have one drink a couple days per week. 'Safe' alcohol amounts for women in general is less than 2 drinks (1 drink=can of beer, glass of wine, or one shot) per day. On any medication, it should be even less than that. ...Read more

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My dad is drinking alcohol, we are scared because he doesn't want to stop, his liver can be damaged if he doesn't stop. What to do? Help!

My dad is drinking alcohol, we are scared because he doesn't want to stop, his liver can be damaged if he doesn't stop. What to do? Help!

Consider Al-Anon: Unfortunately if he does not want to stop you may be powerless to change his behavior, but check out Al-Anon, an organization for family members of alcoholics that provides support and may give you ideas on how to help him. Ask his doctor to check for liver damage.A quality multivitamin and herbs like Milk Thistle seed extract may minimize liver damage, as can Liv-52, a herbal formula from India. ...Read more

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Started exercising with DASH diet but still smoking and drinking alcohol and lots of coffee (tried quitting but can't) BP still slightly high. Meds?

Started exercising with DASH diet but still smoking and drinking alcohol and lots of coffee (tried quitting but can't) BP still slightly high. Meds?

Not certain what you: are asking. If you want to know if medications are indicated then the answer is no provided you can make appropriate life style choices. Perhaps some counseling to help you make these choices would be more beneficial in the long run than medications for your hypertension. I don't recall cigarettes, alcohol and excessive coffee being on the DASH diet. ...Read more

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I've had hiccups a lot lately. Today I had 5 separate episodes of hiccups. Should I be concerned? (I wasn't eating fast, drinking alcohol or pop.)

I've had hiccups a lot lately.  Today I had 5 separate episodes of hiccups.  Should I be concerned? (I wasn't eating fast, drinking alcohol or pop.)

Hiccups: I wouldn't worry about occasional hiccups, but persistent hiccupping can be a significant problem requiring treatment with an old fashioned medication like thorazine (chlorpromazine). Consult a gastroenterologist if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I hve anxiety and i never took my pills. I took iron vitmins, i haven't had an attck in 3months. Is drinking alcohol something that would trigger it?

I hve anxiety and i never took my pills. I took iron vitmins, i haven't had an attck in 3months. Is drinking alcohol something that would trigger it?

Yes, definitely ....: Drinking alcohol, can trigger anxiety, especially in someone who has a biological propensity towards having anxiety. So answer is yes, plain and simple. Try aa. ...Read more

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I hit the back of my head really hard on Saturday evening, my vision went fuzzy for a few minutes afterwards but then cleared up. I feel nauseous but haven't been sick and the headache has not cleared since. I was drinking alcohol at the time and I'm no

I hit the back of my head really hard on Saturday evening, my vision went fuzzy for a few minutes afterwards but then cleared up.  I feel nauseous but haven't been sick and the headache has not cleared since.  I was drinking alcohol at the time and I'm no

ConcussionAlcoholism: Your Life is Precious! “hit the back of my head really hard, nauseous, and continued headache” require immediate Diagnosis. Please go to ER, have all necessary tests and Radiological studies; have consultation with a Neurologist. After medical treatment, see a Psychiatrist for Alcoholism and Stress ;go to Rehab program and attend daily AA Meetings. Feel Wonder of Giant Causeway in your country! ...Read more

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I'd like to start drinking alcohol for health reasons, but really don't crave it. What to do?

I'd like to start drinking alcohol for health reasons, but really don't crave it. What to do?

Then don't: As we continue to figure out what the true health benefits vs risks alcohol has on the human body, I am not currently recommending to my patients who do not drink, that they start drinking. However, if you already drink 1-2 drinks a day, there seems to be good evidence that it is beneficial. Thus, I do not make them stop. But don't start, especially at 33. Too much time to develop an addiction. ...Read more

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I hate drinking alcohol but i can't help it. Why is this?

I hate drinking alcohol but i can't help it. Why is this?

This is not a good: Thing. If you believe that you have lost control over your use of alcohol - that is a red flag. It you have tried to cut down on use or to quit unsuccessfully - that is another flag. If your used is negatively impacting your life - pay attention. Alcoholics anonymous is a free, confidential forum to deal with addiction. You could also see an addiction medicine specialist or addiction psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Aside from driving, what shouldn't you do while drinking alcohol?

Aside from driving, what shouldn't you do while drinking alcohol?

A partial list: Some mean no alcohol, some allow for a moderate amount: flying, boating, biking, motorcycling, air traffic controlling, surgery, handling firearems, skilled athletics, medical procedures, taking other medications, performing, working on the job. Anything for which you want full confidence that you are thinking your best and maximizing balance and motor tasks. ...Read more

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Is my liver going to fail if I don't give up drinking alcohol?

Beats me: Did a doctor tell you that it was causing damage? If yes, then if you keep drinking, you will do more damage. We have lots more liver than we need, and it takes many years of heavy drinking to cause liver failure, and not all heavy drinkers get liver damage. Assuming you did have liver abnormalities and you are still drinking, then you clearly need some help. Talk to doctor about treatment. ...Read more

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How do I give up drinking alcohol?

How do I give up drinking alcohol?

See an Addiction spl: There are many new ambulatory treatments for alcohol that can be done in an out patient basis in most cases. See an addictionologist fit an evaluation. ...Read more

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Why does drinking alcohol make people lighten up?

Why does drinking alcohol make people lighten up?

It is disinhibiting.: Alcohol is a depressant which initially disinhibits people and makes them less likely to feel control over their impulses. Alcohol can impair the ability of the frontal lobe of your brain to help you use good judgment, make rational decisions, plan and organize steps. This is called executive dysfunction. Over time heavy alcohol use can cause shrinkage of the brain and memory problems. ...Read more

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Is it normal to wet the bed after drinking alcohol?

Is it normal to wet the bed after drinking alcohol?

Mutual support helps: If you bring this question to a meeting of alcoholics anonymous, you might find that you have a lot of company with this experience. ...Read more

Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more