A few years ago, I had been drinking decaf because I didn't wish to triger my afib. But then I noticed that my cardiologist's waiting room had a pot of coffee brewing for the patients. When I asked my cardio about it, he said that studies show that coffee won't trigger ventricular arrhythmias or afib (except in exceptionally high doses). Go figure. Now I drink either regulaar coffee or decaf, whatever is available --- fact is, I really can't taste the diference.
I was advised by three cardiologists to avoid caffeine, which I did religiously before my ablation December 4. I found that it did trigger a fib. The last time I bought regular coffee in a convenience store by mistake, and my heart heart fibrillated briefly a half hour after I consumed the coffee, then converted back to normal.
Now, post ablation, I am now drinking tea and caffeinated diet sodas in moderation with no problem. I am not taking chances with coffee, however.
Also, I saw my cardio that did my ablation today for a routine (and positive) check up. When I discussed my blood pressure, which sometimes runs a little high but in the normal range, he indicated caffeine causes a modest elevation in blood pressure. He suggested that if I totally avoided caffeine, I could expect a drop of 7-10 points.
It is a small price to pay to protect my health.
I used to have more palps than I could count in a day. I thought cutting my intake of sodas and other caffeinated beverages would help. It really didnt help me at all. I still had tons of palps without caffeine in my diet. I started working out a lot and my palps are pretty much gone now except for those random few here and there.
Point is, I drink all the caffeine I want now with no problems. I still limit it since i have more knowledge about health issues, but I guess I would do whatever feels best for you. Why dont you try NOT drinking coffee for a month, if it makes life better...than great! If it dont seem to help, then why deny yourself of something that makes you happy. All things in excess can be bad for you (except maybe water), you just have to find that balance that makes you feel good.
I love my coffee too! Have to have my 2 cups a day or I can't get up in the morning! :)
Coffee sometimes makes me have palps or makes my heart beat faster, but very infrequently and usually only if it's the "high octane" stuff like Starbuck's. If the palps don't bother you, I don't see why you should give up coffee.
Hmm thanks everyone. Yeah drinking coffee doesnt make my palps any worse so I think its ok. Oh and btw even water can be bad I heard about some girl dying after drinking to much lol (but not lol about the girl dying).
But you know what if you worry about every little thing about your health you are gonna go crazy. I try to be healthy but I dont go over the top, I mean if i really had to avoid coffee i would. But whats the point of living and you are going tobe miserable and you cant enjoy anything. Just my opinion.
Everyone is different, your response to caffeine may be different than mine. And what I think is an actual response may just be coincidental. That said, in 2004, I quit consuming caffeine after I had severe PVC problems following my surgery to correct an ascending aortic aneurysm (I'd also had the problems before discovering the aneruysm for at least a year). I also went on a beta blocker. Over the next 2 years, my PVC's subsided such that I am now where I rarely - very rarely - ever have even a single PVC - and I used to have over 10K per day.
Was it the beta blocker? The caffeine? I don't know, but in my case, I'm unwilling to experiment and start consuming caffeine again. Now, if I had to eliminate red wine, that'd be a problem.....
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