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  • Coughing and Wheezing after Alcohol Consumption

    Hello everyone!

    I guess it is a very good sign that I haven't posted in about 2 years. Thank G-d Dh has been stable and life has continued as usual.

    Dh is currently taking Disopyramide, Bisoprolol, Coumadin and a statin. Not sure of doses. His cardiologist has been happy with his condition.

    Yesterday was a holiday and Dh partake in social drinking. He drank a few shots of whiskey at dinner and he rarely drinks.

    He was up all night coughing and wheezing. It passed when he got out of bed and he has felt fine all day.

    We are both concerned that is was the effect of alcohol on his heart.

    Anyone have a similar experience to share?

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    Alcohol and heart medications do not mix well, I completely stopped drinking after being put on meds.

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      Hi GG.... Good to hear things are stable.... It sounds like DH is responding to disopyramide and hasn't needed a myectomy? Last we spoke you were hoping to get to Mayo or get Dr. Schaff to Israel.
      What H said is true.....all heart meds advise against etoh. However, we are human and the heart association says one drink a day can even be good for your heart.... So what's the deal? The one drink a day is for a normal heart and keeps the blood a bit less able to form clots.
      Coughing or wheezing means there is increased pressure and/or fluid in the lungs. Which in HCM can be an episode of diastolic heart failure. The alcohol contributes to dehydration and increased blood pressure. When the thick/stiff heart of HCM does not have enough volume or must pump against high blood pressure...it is ineffective, the high pressures back up from the left ventricle to the left atrium to the lungs..... causing congestion wheezing and coughing. It can be worse when lying down just because the volume of blood in the lungs increases as we lay down ( gravity ).
      So sitting up to sleep can help, keeping hydrated as well.
      Last edited by JillC; 03-14-2017, 01:27 PM.
      After years of symptoms:
      Officially Diagnosed HOCM 2006
      Myectomy 3/11/13 at non-COE
      Extended Myectomy 7/23/14
      At Mayo with Dr. Joseph Dearani

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        Hi Jill! Changing cardiologists made huge difference (and there are only 2 cardiomyopathy experts in the country!). This doctor is more conservative and took the time and effort to find the right combination/doses of meds. His last echo was a month ago and his gradient is reduced although he does have diastolic dysfunction which I understand it typical for the disease.

        Thank you for your detailed explanation of the effects of alcohol on the HCM heart. He was very frightened by the experience and has sworn off alcohol, lol !

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