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Question:

Is drinking an occasional beer acceptable with my condition?

I have non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy and left bundle branch block. I know alcohol should be avoided but is one beer a month acceptable? I have no intention or desire of drinking too much, but I did enjoy a nice craft beer before I was diagnosed. 

submitted by John from Houston, Texas on 7/18/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Reynolds M. Delgado, MD    

Reynolds M. Delgado III, MDThe amount of alcohol you are describing should make no real impact on the condition.  More important is modification of other risk factors such as hypertension, weight management, diabetes if you have it, exercise etc.  It is also a good idea to have regular follow-up with a cardiologist for this condition..    

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