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why does my heart pound and race when I drink Alchol?
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why does my heart pound and race when I drink Alchol?

When ever I have a drink ( which I hardly ever do) my heart pounds and races. Even the smallest amount of wine or beer, less then a glass causes this. Once I had 2 drinks at a party and my left hand balloned up. I have high blood pressure and date 300 mg of inderal and 20 lasix.
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Alcohol is a vasodilator, which means it causes your blood vessels to dilate causing a drop in blood pressure. In order to counteract this and ensure the organs receive an adequate supply of blood the heart has to work a bit harder and heart rate increases.
So it's normal to get an increase in heart rate after alcohol. However the left hand ballooning up doesn't sound normal to me so you should probably check with your doc.
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I have asked the dr and he says he has no idea...how is it though other people can drink and their hearts do not race...are some people just more sensitive to it then others?
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