Patient discussion about valve
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Q. How does alcohol affect someone who has been diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis?
My brother has been diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis and also is a smoker and does drink alcohol on the weekends. He knows that he should stop smoking but what about the effects of alcohol? Does this also contribute to his stenosis?
|A1||Alcohol changes blood pressure and speed of the heart- that is not a good idea if you have an Aortic stenosis. Could probably makes things worst. I would avoid alcohol… but he should ask GP.|
|A2||Well, like anything in life- it depends…Aortic stenosis is usually caused by arthrosclerosis, a small amount of alcohol (a small glass of red wine with your food) actually benefits arthrosclerosis. But a larger amount of alcohol can do a great deal of damage to the heart due to toxic effect of alcohol dismantling by the liver. And it also depends if and what medication your brother is taking. I would talk to his cardiologist and ask him that question.|
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