I have not had any Tachycardia or irregular heart beeats in a week now! I quit drinking ground decaf coffee, and switched to Folgers instant decaf crystals, and so far so good.
I still have two leaky valves (trace on both) but feel really good.
a little background: I'm a 55 year old male, and two years ago I experienced an episode of PAT, and ended up in the ER with a pulse of 208 and VTACH. They slowed it down with drugs, and after a full workup by my cardiologist, I was told to stay away from caffiene. So I switched to dring 48 oz of decaf coffee in the mornings, and the irregular heart beats continued, but no where near as bad.
This past october I had an episode that lasted for an hour, and ended up in the ER again with a rate of 201. They slowed it down with the usual drugs, and started me on Toprol XL 25mg, once a day. My cardiologist took me off it, as I didn't like the meds, and I cut my decaf down to 24 oz.
Then in December I had a third episode, and ended up in the ER again with a rate of 193. The gave me a prescription for Cardizem CD, which I took for two weeks, and asked my cardiologist to take me off it, which he did last week.
So since last Thursday, I have felt better than I've felt in a very long time.
I am amazed that I have such a low tolerance to caffiene, but the Folgers instant decaf crystals seem to be working. From the research I did, the Folgers is the only one that tests couldn't detect any caffiene in; the label says it's 99.7% caffiene free.
I'm really glad to hear you're finding some relief :) I do find I have an extremely low caffeine tolerance myself. I can't even drink decaf, and I've tried several times with multiple brands. I'm not pleased about that, I really enjoy coffee, but the symptoms aren't worth it for me.
Congratulations!! I got the Folgers as well and it doesn't trigger any palps for me so far either. I only have a cup or so because I figure nothing is 100% caffeine-free (if it ever once had caffeine in it) and if I drink a ton I'll counteract the positive, but so far so good with it :-)
Its great that you have found some success. Personally for me i don't think that it would make a major difference. i have quit all caffeine for weeks and still experience pvcs svt etc.
You said you had PAT 2 years ago. Had you suffered from PAT before this? Is PAT the same as SVT?
Thanks Marc, was the tachy that you had for many years SVT or sinus tachy? I read a similar post to yours on another heart forum and a lady was talking about how sensitive she was to caffeine and that by eliminating it totaly she no longer has any tachycardia episodes but her tachycardia was SVT.
I hope you continue to feel better and not have another episode again.
i'm a little concerned now, i have SVT and now wory that it may also turn into vt. i am 27 years old and i have a structrually normal heart and all my heart tests are also normal.
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