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My best pal recently had open heart surgery resulting in a replacement valve & work to correct a leaky valve.
As a result going forward he will be taking warfarin for the rest of his life.
As things stand a couple of months after the operation his walfrin readings are very varied & keep going up & down.
He has always enjoyed 3+ large glasses of wine each day and has continued a similar pattern post operation.
Clearly this intake is way above the recommended 1.5 units for those taking walfrin.
Notwithstanding the obvious impact of such daily volumes for anybody never mind someone having had heart surgery, I do have two specific questions:
1) Could the alcohol be one of the reasons for the lack of stabilisation on his walfrin readings ?
2) Could the alcohol actually have a negative impact on the effectiveness of the Walfrin ie causing increased risk of heart attacks ?
I love my mate to death but am concerned that he may be in denial as to the impact of his continued drinking.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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