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Whiskey - Good for Angina

About a week ago when walking along on a cold (2/3C) evening I overdid it and got angina. I do not have an inhaler as I take an SR (slow release) Isosorbide mononitrate each morning. Someone suggested that whiskey was good for angina so I had a double malt that seemed to do the trick. So my qquestion is, is whiskey good for angina or was it just a placebo?

The insert with the tablets suggests you can take it more than once a day and I now wonder if I should carry a few on me? I swill have to ask my GP or consultant..

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I'm not a doctor but would of thought it would be worth having a GTN spray for incidents like this rather than whiskey 🥃. I hate he stuff


Yes you are correct whisky does have the effect of dilating, opening up the blood vessels and a glassful of malt whisky maybe very pleasant to drink however I really think you need to speak to your GP regarding a review of angina medication.

Best wishes



Will do. My other angina medication had to be stopped because of unpleasant side effects (dizziness/nausea/vomiting) so maybe the mononitrate needs tweaking or...


Hi MichaelJH just to echo what the others have said, certainly check this with your GP. You can also give the BHF cardiac nurses a call to check anything you're unsure of: bhf.org.uk/heart-health/how...

Hope this helps!


Hello MichaelJH just to check was it a Malt or a Blend ?? The reason I ask, if I speak to the Cardiologist I want to make sure I don't get the NHS cheap stuff.

Best Regards

Frank W

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Has to be a decent malt. Had Laphroaig Single Malt myself. NHS will try and palm you off with Bells. My cardiologist says he is happy if I have the occasional small drink (pint/large glass wine/double sprit) and that I should enjoy it. Be careful they don't fob you off with Bells!


That's it, my weekend medication is about get reviewed :)


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