Alcohol effects

I just had an interesting checkup. When I was connected to my doctor's computer, he could tell when I had been drinking, such as Christmas and my Birthday, by the spikes of dysrhythmia when I had a lot to drink! Life is just a ballance of coffee and alcohol, and both seem to effect me. Combinations of the two seem to do the worst. The doctor doesn't think I can do any permanent damage, but wants to put me on cumidin if I have more episodes to prevent stroke. I think I have enough blood thinners already between asprin and vitamins. Any thoughts?


6 Comments

Coffee and Alcohol

by Ripple - 2007-06-05 02:06:58

Jim,

It is pretty much common knowledge that coffee and alcohol will cause an irregular heart rhythm (dysrythmia). They affect some people worse than others but if mine was bad enough for me to have a doctor say I would need to take coumadin to prevent strokes, it would be a no-brainer. I would either quit or at least drastically reduce the amounts of coffee and alcohol I consumed.

The side effect of coumadin can be a real pain in the butt plus you must have periodic lab tests to be sure you are getting enough but not too much. On top of that you would probably have to stop taking the asprin and vitiamins. When taking coumadin the doctor must have absolute control over any blood thnners the patient is taking.

Rip.

So did I.

by Stepford_Wife - 2007-06-06 11:06:26

I liked coffee, and an occasional glass of wine. But when my doctor decided to put me on Coumadin, and said she would prefer it if I would consider staying away from both, I listened.
I have enough trouble as it is, with the Coumadin, to stay on target. I can't imagine what it would be like if I added the other two ingredients, on top of it.
Be wise, think twice, take care,
~ Dominique~

coffee and alcohol

by CathrynB - 2007-06-06 12:06:33

Well, I like coffee, and I like my glass of wine most evenings, but if I had to go on coumadin to keep the caffeine and alcohol, I agree with Ripple -- I'd quit! I had no idea they could track that level of detail on your interrogations -- thanks for sharing that! Keep us posted on what's next, okay? Take care, Cathryn

wine coffee

by jessie - 2007-06-07 02:06:45

just another thing i would get used to if i had too. it is surprizing what you can give up if required. the will to live is so strong. take care jessie

Another alternative

by Surferman - 2007-06-07 12:06:11

I go to a holistic M.D and he has me taking lots of Omega-3 oils capsules and a teaspoon of Norwegian Cod Liver Oil before each meal. He believes that with that much healthy oils in my blood stream, clotting won't be a problem. They also are highly anti-inflammatory.Check it out for yourself. I agree with the others, avoid Coumadin. It has so many negative side effects. Surferman

How much Omega 3- Surferman?

by jimkirschvink - 2007-06-11 02:06:08


It sounds like megadoses of Omega 3's is the latest and greatest. Maybe 1000mg isn't enough. How much do you take?

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