Question: For eight years I have had an implanted aortic valve and I am taking blood thinners, is alcohol harmful to me? Benito (Granada).
Answer: There are two important things you should know. The first is that alcohol reduces the contractile force of the heart, and taken in excess for a long time, produces a disease called dilated cardiomyopathy, which basically consists of the loss of strength of the heart muscle. The consequence is that anyone who has a cardiovascular problem or is a carrier of a prosthetic valve should avoid alcohol abuse. The second important issue is that alcohol also affects the metabolism of Sintrom® in the liver, and therefore, a timely abuse of its consumption can cause anticoagulation problems.