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    I just had a myectomy 4 weeks ago. My doctor told me that after 6 weeks I can resume my regular lifestyle. ( going back to my normal diet, driving, going out with freinds again) I am 18, senior in high school. My question is, if I were to go out and have a few beers with my freinds after 6 weeks, would that be okay? They said my obstruction was basically gone now. I have an ICD and I have never had arythmias. I have never been shocked by my ICD and I have had it for 4 years now. I have drank before the operation just fine and haven't had any difficulties. Would having a few beers with my freinds be okay after 6 weeks? Or could it interrfere with the eventual outcome of the operation, or healing process? I know that drinking isn't a great idea in someone with HCM, but after 6 weeks of being miserable here at home and not having much fun, i want to have some fun with my freinds, expecially since we are all going to college after this summer. Please tell me what you all think! thanks

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    Not the best idea for a number of reason (not the least of which you are not 21 )

    Your system has just been through a shock and alcohol is just about the last thing it needs now. Hydration is important and alcohol will dehydrate you. You are also at a hightened risk for atrial arrythmias post procedure for a few weeks - atrial arrythmias can lead to stroke - do you really want to go there?

    Give your body some more time to rest. You have a nice long life ahead of you in which you can do all kinds of things - like drink beer


    Best wishes,
    Lisa
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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    • #3
      I get short of breath when I drink, so I don't anymore. I hate feeling.

      I've had 2 Myectomys and I do have an ICD.

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      • #4
        Drinking after a myectomy is probably not the best idea. You're already more prone to A-fib and the like as it is following a myectomy... alcohol is just going to increase your risk of complications. Not to mention helping to stiffen up that septum and possibly cause even bigger, irreparable damage down the road. A drink every now and then isn't going to kill you, dont get me wrong, but do try to avoid going overboard.

        Jim
        "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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