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Do alcohol and cigarettes contribute to fluid around the heart?

My friend (36yrs old) has been fighting fluid around the heart and the pain associated with it for over 20 months. Medications include Vicodin and something to reduce fluid. She is also a pack a day smoker and drinks alcohol daily - are the alcohol and cigarettes contributing to this condition?  

submitted by Mike from Ohio on 8/23/2011

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Domingo Gonzalez, MD    

Domingo G. Gonzalez, Jr., MD Without knowing the exact nature of the condition affecting her, it is difficult to answer your question in a specific and definitive fashion. However, it is safe to say that alcohol and tobacco never are beneficial in patients with serious heart conditions.    

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