Heart Disease Community
Caffeine ?
About This Community:

Join others with Heart Disease and get guidance and support. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Caffeine ?

Hi - I am a 40 year old female recently diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I am a huge fan of anything with caffeine - I love coffee, tea and diet soda. I've been told to lay off of the caffeine but can't seem to find any information to support the notion that somehow caffeine intake is detrimental to my 'condition' and well-being. Thoughts on the subject are most appreciated!!

Frustrated and still believe too young to "take it easy" for the rest of my life,

Mary Lauritzen
mary_lauritzen***@****
Related Discussions
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar m tn
The caffeine thing seems to relate to who you are talking to.  There seems to be much disagreement as to its effects.  After bypass surgery, I quit caffeine, but the docs said not to worry about it. So I don't.

In fact, my cardiologist keeps a coffee pot going in his waiting room so his patients can have a cup while they wait.
Blank
Avatar m tn
I too have been warned about the "dangers" of coffee from co-workers, friends, and sometimes health care workers, but I also have not found any evidence that supports the idea that caffeine, when used responsibly, is dangerous. In fact, caffeine has some properties similar to the drug Pletal, in that it will increase the flexibility of red blood cells, allowing them to move more easily through circulation.
My uncle, who is a doctor, is a huge fan of coffee. So I don't see any problem in standing by my old friend- caffeine.
Blank
Avatar n tn
Tread carefully here when it comes to advice.  Caffeine is a well known trigger for arrhythmia.  It has great potential to be harmful to people who deal with that problem.  How does caffeine relate to other heart issues such as cardiomyopathy?  I don't know--and that is my point.  We, outside the medical profession, aren't up to speed on the specifics of your topic.  That is why we need to be guided by your doctor.  Your cardiologist can advise you.  And by all means follow his advice.  This really is a case where you life can depend on it.  
  
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
159619 tn?1318997813
Blank
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417 tn?1440481484
Blank
Netherlands
Avatar universal
Blank
Avatar universal
Blank
Ireland
Avatar universal
Blank
144586 tn?1284669764
Blank
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
Avatar m tn
Blank
JCB1606 cautiously optimistic Comment
May 27
4522800 tn?1459192030
Blank
VICourageous commented on cast out
May 26
463897 tn?1448485050
Blank
MH Community Mgr commented on photo
May 25
Heart Disease Community Resources