How does alcohol affect someone who has aortic valve stenosis?

Heart & BP. Alcohol can contribute to atherosclerosis, which can cause or worsen aortic valve stenosis ... But more importantly, alcohol can affect blood pressure and heart rate and can make the symptoms of aortic stenosis worse ...
Adversely. Alcohol is usually a vasodilator. For patiens with significant aortic stenosis a reduction in systemic blood pressure can have serious end organ consequences such as heart damage and kidney and brain problems.

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How does alcohol affect someone with aortic valve stenosis?

Variable. Like any drug, alcohol has its own pharmacologic profile and metabolism with acute and chronic adverse effects possible. If the aortic stenosis is mild to moderate or less, modest alcohol intake may have little to no effect. If the aortic stenosis is severe or critical, then instability of blood pressure or heart rhythm may result and create clinically important problems. Read more...

How does alcohol affect a person who has been diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis?

Variably. Moderate alcohol consumption does not normally significantly affect someone with aortic stenosis (as) and normal heart function. People with aortic stenosis are susceptible to problems if they become dehydrated. Alcohol, especially in the summer months, can exacerbate dehydration and cause problems with as patients. The caveats are moderate consumption and normal heart function (no heart failure). Read more...
Depends. How much alcohol are we talking about? In low doses (1-2 drinks per day), it would not have much effect, but if someone is short of breath before, it might even improve that. The main effects of aortic stenosis are fainting spells, chest pain and heart failure, and alcohol is not particularly good, esp in higher doses (> 2 drinks/day) for any of those. Read more...

How can alcohol affect someone who has been diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis?

Aortic valve. The valve opens to allow flow out of the heart to the body. If it doesn't open properly we call this stenosis. It has to close properly to keep blood flowing in a forward direction. If it doesn't we call this insufficiency. Either or both abnormalities can exist in the valve. Alcohol weakens the heart so is not beneficial with either. Read more...
Depends. How bad is the aortic stenosis and symptoms. How much alcohol! moderation in most things is a good approach. Read more...

Does alcohol cause aortic valve stenosis?

No. Aortic stenosis is a condition in which the aortic valve of the heart is narrowed and flow out of the left ventricle is restricted. Alcohol is not one of the causes of aortic stenosis. Read more...
Possibly. Alcohol can contribute to atherosclerosis, which can contribute to aortic valve stenosis ... But more importantly, alcohol can affect blood pressure and heart rate and can make the symptoms of aortic stenosis worse ... Read more...

My husband has aortic valve stenosis and his chest pain seems to be getting worse?

Cardiologist. Need to see your cardiologist stat. An echocardiogram and depending on findings and symptoms perhaps cardiac catheterization may be needed. If the severity of the stenosis has progressed to critical or if older person concomitant coronary artery disease has developed, surgical treatment inminent. Critical aortic stenosis may result in sudden death, stroke or permanent ventricular injury. Read more...
Next step. Chest pain in association with aortic stenosis is serious. Your husband should have his coronaries evaluated with a left heart catheterization. Generally, symptomatic aortic stenosis with a pressure gradient in excess of 50 mnhg is an indication for aortic valve replacement. Fortunately, minimally invasive options are available. Read more...

What causes someone to develop aortic valve stenosis?

Congenital, acquired. Bicuspid aortic valves are an anatomic variant seen in 2% of the population. They are prone to develop aortic stenosis. The more common is degenerative or senile which is seen in the elderly. The cause is likely multifactorial and may share some similarity to atherosclerosis. Read more...

What does aortic valve stenosis lead to?

Heart failure. The narrowing of the aortic valve blocks the heart from pumping blood to the rest of the body effectively and overworks the heart as well, further exacerabating the same problem. Thus the body suffers from a lack of oxygen with fatigue. Read more...
Aortic stenosis. Aortic stenosis refers to the gradual destruction of the aortic valve. It is a progressive process that eventually leads to shortness of breath and lack of energy with exercise. Untreated it will eventually cause congestive heart failure. Read more...