Having a good time..

Hey everyone i am so glad that i have found this site! its great. Well i know that this question may be something that alot of people look down upon but has anyone had any complications with their pacer because of drinking? Im 22 years old and like to go out and have a good time. I am just afraid that something could happen. So if some of you have had experience with drinking with your pm and could tell me about it that would be great! thanks


I don't think so!

by ela-girl - 2007-04-19 09:04:00

Unless you have some medical condition or take medication that requires you to avoid alcohol, I can't imagine that the occasional drink is going to do you any 'harm'. Just make safe, smart choices!

Happy pacing,


by tcrabtree85 - 2007-04-19 11:04:25

Ok, so this was one of the first questions I asked my doctors. I really enjoy having a beer everyonce in a while. The doctors said as long as you don't over do it you will be ok. So I asked how many did that mean and it shows in the books that they gave me like two or three. Right now, I can't drink anything until i'm fully back to normal. Make sure your body is completely up to speed before you decide to go out partying. I wish you luck and like I said if you ever wanna talk to somebody i'm always available. Good Luck!

Drinking & Medications

by auntiesamm - 2007-04-20 03:04:37

Hi Surferman - My only caution: be absolutely certain that none of your medications warn against using alcohol while taking that particular drug. You can not depend on your physician or other healthcare people to necessarily know this. I have found this to be the case any number of times. The same goes with mixing your medications! The EP may have said, "sure you can and have one for me" may not have given a second thought to the meds you are currently on. More than once I have questioned a physician on mixing meds, with or without food, etc. It is frustrating when I do my own research and find that I was fortunate to have questioned everything. There have been any number of incidents in which a patient has more than one physician prescribing which is not a good thing. A long time ago I decided I would only have my prescriptions be handled by my PCP even though another doctor wrote the original script. This way there is less chance of a medical error. Just food for thought! I have not been on the site for more than a week but am so glad to be tuned in again to all my friends. Take care and God bless.

My EP's reply

by Surferman - 2007-04-20 12:04:10

Three days after having the implant I had an appt. with the EP that installed my PM. I asked her if I could drink a glass of red wine on ocassion. She say: :Sure you can - - and have a second one for me!" I had two glasses of Sirrah tonight and have no bad effects - except that I feel a little warm right now. I think anytime we pacers have a drink or two, we have to be more cautious - not biologically but environmentally. We don't want to do anything in jesting, etc. that might dislodge our leads or impact our PM. Surferman


by $6Mman - 2007-04-21 05:04:47

Hey all~
You have to know where you're at medically. Then you have to assess yourself realistically!!!
I had always enjoyed single-malt Scotch. Straight by the snifter. There were a few times when I had a decent few in an evening. Nothing was wrong with me at that time!
I occasionally have a couple of beers and that can make me feel a little loopy. We're all different!! I'm in the 200 pound range and have my medical and medicinal tolerances.
I have actually found that I don't want to bother. I also found that certain people don't want to hang if you aren't going to get as trashed as they are planning on; And if you're not they don't want you around to be able to tell them what jerks they were last night.:-)
I know it's great fun, but please - be careful, be smart and most of all Be well~ Adam

Don't get wasted

by valbob89 - 2007-04-21 10:04:32


(or is it Pia?) Pacemakers make life possible! I agree with the advice above, and add this: Take it easy the first few times. Not because you've got the pacer, but because your body isn't used to having alcohol. I taught high-school health, and know that alcohol sneaks up on the inexperienced (or out of practice) drinkers. That's why a lot of people under 25 have trouble with drinks.

If you drank before but it's been a while, you'll discover it hits harder and sooner. You'll be wanting to party, but please, take it light the first couple of times. If I were your uncle, I'd say don't have more than four drinks in one night, or in less than two hours. Even that might be too much.

And hey: no cocaine! It stops even healthy hearts.


Go easy!!

by Ladylynn - 2007-04-26 01:04:03

I have afib and SVT and if I take more than a few sips of wine my heart starts racing. I take 100 mg of Lopressor every day and it says to stay away from alcohol because it can cause changes in your heart rate. I guess you need to try a small amount first, and then see how it affects you.


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