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Can people with pacemakers consume alcohol?

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Dr. Martin Bress
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Yes

Alcohol in moderation (one drink per day) has actually been proven to be beneficial in most patients except those with cardiomyopathy ( a disease of the heart muscle).
A pacemaker's function is not affected by alcohol intake.

In brief: Yes

Alcohol in moderation (one drink per day) has actually been proven to be beneficial in most patients except those with cardiomyopathy ( a disease of the heart muscle).
A pacemaker's function is not affected by alcohol intake.
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Yes

In modest social amounts (1-2 drinks) it is unlikely to cause any problems.
Pacemakers are used because of slowing of the heart rate; most of alcohol's toxic effects on the heart (usually associated with heavy or binge drinking) involve increasing heart rate. However, in people with alcohol-induced heart failure (cardiomyopathy), alcohol can worsen it. Also alcohol reduces potassium & magnesium.

In brief: Yes

In modest social amounts (1-2 drinks) it is unlikely to cause any problems.
Pacemakers are used because of slowing of the heart rate; most of alcohol's toxic effects on the heart (usually associated with heavy or binge drinking) involve increasing heart rate. However, in people with alcohol-induced heart failure (cardiomyopathy), alcohol can worsen it. Also alcohol reduces potassium & magnesium.
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