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Casey

Glastonbury, CT

#1 May 13, 2013
My husband has always been a very heavy beer drinker. He's 60 years old. He is an alcoholic. About seven years ago he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and he stopped drinking for a few years. About 4 years ago he started up again. He can drink a 30 pack plus several more beers in a weekend. He takes several meds for his CHF and I've pointed out that heavy drinking on top of those meds is bad for his health.

Are there any medical people out there who can tell me exactly how this drinking might be affecting his heart failure?

“Have mercy”

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On a liar's soul

#2 May 13, 2013
My opinion is don't ask for opinions on topix.

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#3 May 13, 2013
Casey wrote:
My husband has always been a very heavy beer drinker. He's 60 years old. He is an alcoholic. About seven years ago he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and he stopped drinking for a few years. About 4 years ago he started up again. He can drink a 30 pack plus several more beers in a weekend. He takes several meds for his CHF and I've pointed out that heavy drinking on top of those meds is bad for his health.
Are there any medical people out there who can tell me exactly how this drinking might be affecting his heart failure?
Make sure his will is up to date and don't skip any life insurance payments. If you do these two things you will be a moderately wealthy widow in a year or two.
Show him this post. It might help. Hearts to you and your loved one.

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#4 May 14, 2013
This should be interesting...

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#5 May 14, 2013
one thing we are Not lacking here - Is opinions.
lol

I feel sorry for u, but I really don't think there is any way u can "make" him stop drinking unless HE wants to. sometimes people who have a serious health issue give up entirely and think that by doing whatever it is that makes them "forget" about it, is the answer. its not of course, but all u can do is love and support him in any way u feel will help him, hes an adult and will do as he pleases.
I wish u the best and hopefully if u talk to him about how You feel, how it will affect u should he die, maybe just maybe u can convince him then.
good luck.
:}
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#6 May 14, 2013
WebMD? Maybe?

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#7 May 14, 2013
As a professional engineer - when there is problems with no apparent answers, I see opportunities.

Here's my synopsis:

Friday - Sunday = 30-pack of beer

55 hours approx.=.54545 beers an hour (assuming no sleep)

31 hours approx.=.96774 beers an hour (assuming 8 hours of sleep X 3 days)

At almost one beer an hour, that's a problem. Now, if you join him, we now have the following:

.96774 beers per hour/2 =.48387 beers per hour

He cuts his drinking in half, and you get an equally satisfying buzz as well.

Problem solved.

:o)
Bruce Willis

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#8 May 14, 2013
Water is wet, the sky is blue, women have secrets, who gives a f**k?

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Seriously

United States

#9 May 14, 2013
Any excess fluids in the body build up in the sacs around the heart & lungs of a person with CFH because the heart muscle is too weak to pump the blood properly. People with CFH usually have a high pulse rate because the heart has to work harder than it would were it healthy. Bidil is a prescription drug (hydralizine/isosorbide in combination) that can lower the pulse rate while helping the heart muscle to pump better. isosorbide is a common drug used to treat CFH. In any case, all fluid intake should be metered to prevent fluid build up and difficulty breathing. While alcohol is by nature a diuretic, it's probably not a good idea the mix it with the meds used to treat CFH and other related conditions.
Casey

Glastonbury, CT

#10 May 14, 2013
MissStress wrote:
<quoted text> Make sure his will is up to date and don't skip any life insurance payments. If you do these two things you will be a moderately wealthy widow in a year or two.
Show him this post. It might help. Hearts to you and your loved one.
Thanks.
Casey

Glastonbury, CT

#11 May 14, 2013
PFfff wrote:
one thing we are Not lacking here - Is opinions.
lol
I feel sorry for u, but I really don't think there is any way u can "make" him stop drinking unless HE wants to. sometimes people who have a serious health issue give up entirely and think that by doing whatever it is that makes them "forget" about it, is the answer. its not of course, but all u can do is love and support him in any way u feel will help him, hes an adult and will do as he pleases.
I wish u the best and hopefully if u talk to him about how You feel, how it will affect u should he die, maybe just maybe u can convince him then.
good luck.
:}
I stopped trying to get him to quite some time ago. I just can't believe he can be so...stupid.
Casey

Glastonbury, CT

#12 May 14, 2013
milwaukee69 wrote:
As a professional engineer - when there is problems with no apparent answers, I see opportunities.
Here's my synopsis:
Friday - Sunday = 30-pack of beer
55 hours approx.=.54545 beers an hour (assuming no sleep)
31 hours approx.=.96774 beers an hour (assuming 8 hours of sleep X 3 days)
At almost one beer an hour, that's a problem. Now, if you join him, we now have the following:
.96774 beers per hour/2 =.48387 beers per hour
He cuts his drinking in half, and you get an equally satisfying buzz as well.
Problem solved.
:o)
Okay, interesting solution...lol!
Casey

Glastonbury, CT

#13 May 14, 2013
Seriously wrote:
Any excess fluids in the body build up in the sacs around the heart & lungs of a person with CFH because the heart muscle is too weak to pump the blood properly. People with CFH usually have a high pulse rate because the heart has to work harder than it would were it healthy. Bidil is a prescription drug (hydralizine/isosorbide in combination) that can lower the pulse rate while helping the heart muscle to pump better. isosorbide is a common drug used to treat CFH. In any case, all fluid intake should be metered to prevent fluid build up and difficulty breathing. While alcohol is by nature a diuretic, it's probably not a good idea the mix it with the meds used to treat CFH and other related conditions.
I just wonder if the alcohol renders the meds useless.

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Since: Sep 12

Cadillac MI

#14 May 14, 2013
Casey wrote:
<quoted text>I just wonder if the alcohol renders the meds useless.
Depends, it might intensify the buzz!! Or maybe he don't care, and loves beer.

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#17 May 14, 2013
Casey wrote:
My husband has always been a very heavy beer drinker. He's 60 years old. He is an alcoholic. About seven years ago he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and he stopped drinking for a few years. About 4 years ago he started up again. He can drink a 30 pack plus several more beers in a weekend. He takes several meds for his CHF and I've pointed out that heavy drinking on top of those meds is bad for his health.
Are there any medical people out there who can tell me exactly how this drinking might be affecting his heart failure?
are you stupid or something?? why would you ask that kind of question here for? this isnt the Dr.Phil forum. no one is gonna give you a serious answer

“ROCK ON ROCKERS!!”

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#18 May 14, 2013
WHOA, Chick....HERE is NOT the place to be ASKING for advice.. on YOUR Hubby's Hobby....YOU need to be taking care of him..Counseling, Detox, Therapy and Addiction FREE... WASTING TIME... Here.
.

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Cadillac MI

#19 May 14, 2013
Colorado Chick wrote:
WHOA, Chick....HERE is NOT the place to be ASKING for advice.. on YOUR Hubby's Hobby....YOU need to be taking care of him..Counseling, Detox, Therapy and Addiction FREE... WASTING TIME... Here.
.
Pstt!! CC I think it's all made up.

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#20 May 14, 2013
David0407 wrote:
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Pstt!! CC I think it's all made up.
REALLY!!...Ya FREAKIN' think SO..DUDE!!!

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Cadillac MI

#21 May 14, 2013
Colorado Chick wrote:
<quoted text>REALLY!!...Ya FREAKIN' think SO..DUDE!!!
Ya!! Don't have to yell at me.

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#22 May 14, 2013
Dude's 60. He's old enough to make his own decisions. If he wants to drown his sorrows in a 12 pack, it's his choice. That's my opinion.

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