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Done angioplasty. Have stent. Now quit smoking. Looking forward to permissible limit of alcohol

hi doc, i am 33 yrs old male & having 1 kid. i hd gone thru angioplasty on 3rd Oct 12 & am having 1 stent . Earlier i was heavy smoker (around 18 cigs a day & around 3-4 (70 ml) whiskey pegs daily), as of now i have quit smoking & am planning not to touch even, but for whiskey i am looking forward for a permissible limit.., can you pl help me out & suggest me
Asked On : Thu, 29 Nov 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
hello mr. alok,
i have to admit that nicotine ,active agent in tobacco is known to narrow the blood vessels and decrease the blood supply to vital organs ;hence must be an absolute no-no for you ,possibly for rest of your life. as for alcohol -any alcohol is alcohol- i.e. ethyl alcohol ; however from the source it is derived --barley or other grains ,or fruit juice has some saying in matters of heart. the alcohol derived from grape juices -wines is known to have compounds that can protect the heart .the European "safe limit" is 1-2 units per day ---30-45 ml whiskey . i hope this helps with your dilemma. with hopes for health
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Akhilesh Dubey's  Response
Welcome to HCM,
You are young and developed coronary artery disease for which angioplasty and a stent is there, Please take care of all risk factors.
It is absolutely necessary to quit smoking.
As far as alcohol is concerned as you have undergone a angioplasty advise is to quit alcohol also as there are some controversy regarding advise.
amount and the duration of alcohol consumption are critical in the development of disease. Contrary to general opinion, the type of alcoholic beverage is not important. Thus, one drink (1 ounce, 30 ml) of liquor (whisky, gin, vodka) contains the same amount of ethanol (13 grams) as one glass of wine (4 oz, 120 ml) or a can of beer (12 oz, 360 ml).
As something called automatism in it's intake increases amount of alcohol and causes many health problems.
Take care of diet and keep near ideal weight.
Take regular preventive medicines.
Take care of your cholesterol level(Lipids)
Good Luck
Answered: Thu, 29 Nov 2012
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Cardiologist Dr. Aslam Lalani's  Response
Hi ,
Welcome to HCM ,
it good you have quit smoking please continue it ,
do not use any form of tobacco ,
moderation of alcohol has some beneficial effect also ,
good is red wine ,
regarding alcohol intake permissible limit for man is 60 ml / day ,
but avoid salty , fried foods ,
avoid fatty foods ,
take care
Answered: Fri, 30 Nov 2012
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