Aa
A
A
A
Close
Heart Disease Community
20.2k Members
Avatar universal

How effectively can I reverse CHF if I quit alcohol?

I am a 58 year old female, good health, ideal weight, low blood pressure, no coronary artery disease, non-smoker, eat very well . . . but I drink several beers every night to sleep.  My EF was low (i.e., in the 40s then down to 30s).  Doc put me on an Ace inhibitor and also a beta blocker.  I'm trucking along but am tired, and now wake up with congestion.  I am sufficiently scared to STOP ALL ALCOHOL but want to know about how possible is to re-strengthen my heart.  Additionally, can someone tell me what questions to ask my doc so I can understand the extent of "the damage done"?  I understand from my reading that reversal and recovery depends upon the extent of damage.

In short, if alcohol is eliminated, I need a plan forward and a sense of what I can fix.  Part of this puzzle entails understanding where I stand now in terms of severity of damage.  Are their specific tests or measures that indicate level of heart damage?

Thank you; this is a great blog.  Neil, your responses are very useful.
1 Responses
Avatar universal
Beta Blockers make you tired.  On alcohol, a dr once told me "a glass or two of wine is fine, a bottle or two will kill you".  Also with lowered EF your body will hold on to fluid more, drinking more fluids doesn't help CHF.  I use a wrist-cuff automatic blood pressure monitor and a fingertip O2/heart rate monitor, each about $15 at that online retailer named after a S. American river.  Give up the alcohol a couple of days and check your bp once at night and once in the morning and see if there's a difference. With that info you can talk to your dr and decide.  DISCLAIMER:  I am NOT a doctor.  I am not qualified to give medical advice.  You should always consult a licensed professional.
Have an Answer?
Top Heart Disease Answerers
159619 tn?1538180937
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417 tn?1506080564
Netherlands
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Is a low-fat diet really that heart healthy after all? James D. Nicolantonio, PharmD, urges us to reconsider decades-long dietary guidelines.
Can depression and anxiety cause heart disease? Get the facts in this Missouri Medicine report.
Fish oil, folic acid, vitamin C. Find out if these supplements are heart-healthy or overhyped.
Learn what happens before, during and after a heart attack occurs.
What are the pros and cons of taking fish oil for heart health? Find out in this article from Missouri Medicine.
How to lower your heart attack risk.