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Is it safe to drink alcohol after triple bypass heart surgery?

Is it safe to drink alcohol after triple bypass heart surgery?

Maybe: It depends what medications you're on. I would limit myself to 1 to 2 drinks in any given day. Also alcohol can affect the drug coumadin (warfarin). ...Read more

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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If I have had mitral valve repair heart surgery, and now year later drink alcohol occasionally will it weaken my heart valve?

If I have had mitral valve repair heart surgery, and now year later drink alcohol occasionally will it weaken my heart valve?

ALCOHOL: Aside the usual common sense admonitions about alcohol excess applicable to all there is no specific concern with respect to mitral valve repair surgery, Atrial fibrillation is common in patients with chest surgery and mitral valve disorders, alcohol can in susceptible persons potentiate atrial fib so be aware of this. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol 2 weeks after heart surgery?

Can you drink alcohol 2 weeks after heart surgery?

Yes: Not a recommendation!
concerns are calories, dizziness, pain meds and reactions.
Worth a talk with the surgeon to have full opinion! ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol if you had mitral valve repair open heart surgery... Will alcohol cause any damage to heart if had surgery in the past?

Can you drink alcohol if you had mitral valve repair open heart surgery... Will alcohol cause any damage to heart if had surgery in the past?

Alcohol: One small alcoholic beverage a couple of times a week is usually ok. Having said this, if you've already had a surgery on your heart you might want be conservative about what you eat and drink. ...Read more

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Three months after triple bypass heart surgery my dad has chest discomfort. He says it feels like gas pressure and causes belching. Cause for concern?

Three months after triple bypass heart surgery my dad has chest discomfort. He says it feels like gas pressure and causes belching. Cause for concern?

Maybe: He should go to a doctor to be evaluated. Chest discomfort in patients with coronary disease, with or without surgery, can feel like gas pressure. ...Read more

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Considering open heart surgery and triple bypass but concerned as a spoker about oxygen use?

Considering open heart surgery and triple bypass but concerned as a spoker about oxygen use?

It's a Problem: Smoking up until the time of CABG will cause more secretions in your lungs. You might end up going home on oxygen for a short time after surgery. Best to commit to quitting for good. ...Read more

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Are this many complications common after open heart surgery? My dad, 69 years old--overweight but no other health problems other than heart. 11 days ago had triple bypass, aortic valve replacement, and block for afib. Two hours after surgery needed anot

Are this many complications common after open heart surgery? My dad, 69 years old--overweight but no other health problems other than heart. 11 days ago had triple bypass, aortic valve replacement, and block for afib. Two hours after surgery needed anot

I: I am so sorry that your dad and your family are having to go through this. As you know, that is an extremely major surgery. Triple bypass with aortic valve replacement and procedure for atrial fibrillation is extremely extensive surgery. Factors that can affect the surgery and outcome include the condition of the patient prior to surgery, age, kidney function prior to surgery, and the condition of the heart prior to surgery. Keep an open line of communication with the doctor and nursing staff so that your family's questions can be answered to your satisfaction. I wish the best for your father. ...Read more

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If I had heart operation when I was a kid. Can I drink alcohol now?

If I had heart operation when I was a kid. Can I drink alcohol now?

It was successful: Obviously since you are asking the question now. Did your heart doctor ever tell you no?
What has stopped you from trying it all these years? Do you have any underlying reason not to? Talk it over with your doctor...Not enough info to give you a straight yes or no here. ...Read more

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Does alcohol weaken heart valves and is it bad to drink if you have had mitral valve repair heart surgery to fix leaky valve.

Does alcohol weaken heart valves and is it bad to drink if you have had mitral valve repair heart surgery to fix leaky valve.

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. ...Read more

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Does alcohol affect heart valves in a negative way if had mitral valve repair heart surgery.1 year has passed Is drinking alcohol allowed?

Does alcohol affect heart valves in a negative way if had mitral valve repair heart surgery.1 year has passed Is drinking alcohol allowed?

Alcohol: Should have no significant effect on valve repair. Drinking 1-2 drinks per day for a male seems to help prevent early mortality. ...Read more

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How many years survival after triple bypass heart surgery?

How many years survival after triple bypass heart surgery?

Variable: Depends on age, left ventricle, other risks etc.
Depends on conduits- internal mammary grafts.
The point is that most do well and for along time.
I have patients at 30 years. ...Read more

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What are the common complications that occut during triple bypass heart surgery?

What are the common complications that occut during triple bypass heart surgery?

Mutiple: Heart attack, stroke, death, kidney injury or failure, infection, bleeding, cardiac tamponade, and complications of vascular disease, which can occur in many different areas of the body. ...Read more

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Woud you please discuss the complications that can arise from triple bypass heart surgery?

Woud you please discuss the complications that can arise from triple bypass heart surgery?

Bypass: Heart attack, stroke, death, major infection, kidney failure. However, the reality is that overall risk is low. ...Read more

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Please help, how much notice should you receive before undergoing triple bypass heart surgery?

Please help, how much notice should you receive before undergoing triple bypass heart surgery?

Depends: The symptoms or signs lead to cardiac catheterization and definition of the anatomy which may be suitable for cabg.

Full risks, benefits and options should be presented to you.
Depending on the symptoms, severity, anatomy the procedure should be done sooner than later. ...Read more

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Is the recovery, or the actual procedure, more important regarding triple bypass heart surgery?

Is the recovery, or the actual procedure, more important regarding triple bypass heart surgery?

Both: Cut well, sew well, do well is the axiom.
Without good surgery, recovery does not necessarily go well. ...Read more

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How "easy" is triple bypass heart surgery for surgeons? Is it routine, or a fairly complex thing? Thank you.

How "easy" is triple bypass heart surgery for surgeons? Is it routine, or a fairly complex thing? Thank you.

Depends: Depends on a number of factors: coexisting illness, previous surgery in area (namely chest), previous heart attacks causing congestive heart failure, quality of saphenous veins (used for conduits), is patient obese, etc. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from triple bypass heart surgery?

Weeks to Months: You will be home usually within a week but rehabilitation is a big part of recovery and it will take several more weeks before you feel 100%. The sternotomy will be sore until it fully heals. In addition, if you had a vein harvest from the legs, it takes several weeks for these wounds to heal. Overall it takes a month or two before you feel fully recovered. ...Read more

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Is there a risk in flying after you have had a triple bypass heart surgery?

Is there a risk in flying after you have had a triple bypass heart surgery?

Depends: Immediately should be with care.
After a month or so, same as most flyers, presuming all checkups are on target! ...Read more

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How long does a triple bypass last, before you will need some other form of heart surgery?

How long does a triple bypass last, before you will need some other form of heart surgery?

Personal choice: It depends on the patients compliance with diet, medications, and exercise. Typically I should last several years, but it is so individual specific according to lifestyle. I recommend close monitoring of such a patient. Wishing you the very best. ...Read more

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I had a triple bypass heart operation three years ago and have been on medication since then. Of late I am not able to perform during sex. I am 60 yrs?

I had a triple bypass heart operation three years ago and have been on medication since then. Of late I am not able to perform during sex. I am 60 yrs?

Cabg: When was your last cardiac evaluation? Even if asymptomatic - you have documented heart disease and should have an imaging stress test every 2 years. Earlier if you develop symptoms such as CP, Shortness of breath, fatigue, decreased exercise tolerance, diaphoresis, etc. See your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink fish oil once daily everyday if I have had mitral valve repair heart surgery.? I know fish pil is good over all.

Is it safe to drink fish oil once daily everyday if I have had mitral valve repair heart surgery.? I know fish pil is good over all.

Yes: Fish oil is rich in EPA and DHA which are Essential Fatty Acids. These are essential for good health and everyone needs them as part of their diet or as supplements. Having had heart surgery does not reduce your need for these and they are perfectly safe to take. ...Read more

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Is consuming a lot of alcohol at once, getting "drunk" occasionally bad for the heart valves, I had mitral valve repair heart surgery.?

Is consuming a lot of alcohol at once, getting "drunk" occasionally bad for the heart valves, I had mitral valve repair heart surgery.?

Somewhat: It may not be too bad for the valves but it it certainly very bad for the heart muscle (myocardium) when you do acute excessive ingestion of alcohol. Long term it may develop "alcoholic cardiomyopathy" Also, if you are on blood thinners (warfarin) it will throw all values off. You know the effects of alcohol on the liver. You already had a close encounter with you own mortality: Why risk it? ...Read more

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Does alcohol affect heart valaves? Does it make it weaker especially if had mitral clave repair heart surgery One year ago.

Does alcohol affect heart valaves? Does it make it weaker especially if had mitral clave repair heart surgery One year ago.

Tricky question...: Light to moderate drinkers are fine. Heavy drinkers suffer from many problems, because ethanol, like pretty much every substance, can be toxic. Folks do develop alcoholic (dilated) cardiomyopathy. If a patient is drinking enough to cause cirrhosis (connective tissue scarring on the liver) it's probably going to damage the valves too. Follow your cardiothoracic surgeon's advice & you'll be OK. ...Read more

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I've never had a problem using viagra (sildenafil) and have had bypass surgery, recently I had to have a Stent after 15 yrs of heart surgery. Can I still take viagra (sildenafil)?

I've never had a problem using viagra (sildenafil) and have had bypass surgery, recently I had to have a Stent after 15 yrs of heart surgery. Can I still take viagra (sildenafil)?

Viagra (sildenafil) and stent: This question needs to be asked of your doctor/cardiologist who knows you, your condition and your medications. If you are taking nitrates as part of your medications then you can't use the viagra (sildenafil) type drugs. Ask your Doc to explain all this to you. ...Read more

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When can I drink coffee after open heart surgery?

When can I drink coffee after open heart surgery?

Ask surgeon: If you are the individual with the heart surgery, I am concerned of a more complex cardiac history. A 33 year old having undergone significant cardiac surgery should directly discuss all these matters with both surgeon and cardiologist. Diet after any surgery is discussed with specific surgeon. Coffee is often started with regular diet. ...Read more

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What should I feed an older man that just had a double bypass open heart surgery?

What should I feed an older man that just had a double bypass open heart surgery?

Most anything: If no difficulty sitting, chewing, swallowing and is hungry.
Many will have limited appetite so finding things they like is important.
Short term even skyline can be ok.
Long term see aha low cholesterol, low sodium is preferable. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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Heart Surgery (Definition)

Open intervention on the heart to correct congenital cardiac anomalies, repair replace heart valves, ascending aortic dissection repair, coronary bypass, heart transplant, surgical removal of heart tumors, ventricular assist devices, cox maze procedures to cure atrial fibrillation, repair of trauma to the heart. Repair of iatrogenic injuries to heart, heart-lung ...Read more