Alcohol and a pacemaker

What are your views and knowledge about the use of alcohol with a pacemaker?



by Theknotguy - 2020-05-16 19:12:02

It's not the pacemaker, it's your heart problems and heart medications.  Since alcohol is a depressant it may not mix with the heart meds you are taking or may not help your heart problems.  

You really will want to discuss with your EP and doctors.

alcohol and pacing

by Tracey_E - 2020-05-17 11:05:52

The pacer is metal, it doesn't care what you drink. Discuss it with your doctor. As knotguy said, the underlying reason why you have the pacer and meds may make it a bad idea.

My ep said a glass of red wine a day would be good for my heart. My gp said my triglycerides and liver numbers were creeping up so keep it in moderation, nothing to do with my heart. 


by AgentX86 - 2020-05-17 12:46:42

As the others pointed out, the answer has to do with your health, not your PM.  After my CABG, I was told by my cardiologist that one drink a day wouldn't hurt and may be beneficial (the jury is still out on that one).  However, I know that like a potato chip, it's easier to have none than one.



by Graham M - 2020-05-17 17:04:36

A couple of minths after my PM implantation, I went out after work for someones birthday..  I had a few glasses of wine and my heart rate went through the roof.  I felt awful.

I love a drink, but suspect that heavy drinking over the years may have contributed to my heart block, so at the moment, it's off the menu for me.


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