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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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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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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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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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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

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