Coffee and Your Heart. Simple Things You Need to Know

Lots of research is done on this topic and most of them approve that caffeine causes short-term increases in blood pressure and sympathetic nervous activity that could trigger a heart attack. On the other hand, previous studies have shown coffee drinkers may be at decreased risk for Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancers.

There is a golden saying: go with a balance and you will never be a target. That’s what it is about caffeine. Too much is too much, but if you know your balance then you even might benefit from it. Let’s first see how caffeine interacts with your heart and what it actually does.

What does caffeine do to your heart?

The simple answer is that it does. Caffeine in high doses raises your blood level of epinephrine. Epinephrine is also known as adrenalin. In pure forms, epinephrine can increase blood pressure, increase the contractility or force of the heart, and mildly increase the heart rate.

What are the symptoms of too much caffeine?

Top 10 caffeine overdose symptoms

  1. Restlessness
  2. Nervousness
  3. Increased heartbeat
  4. Nausea
  5. Anxiety
  6. Heart palpitations (cardiac arrhythmia)
  7. Insomnia
  8. Sweating
  9. Dizziness
  10. Shakiness

How much is a normal amount of caffeine?

The normal dose of caffeine is in the neighborhood of 150 milligrams per kilogram of body weight (one kilogram equals roughly 2.2 pounds). While the average person’s caffeine consumption is around 200 milligrams a day, the Mayo Clinic advises against exceeding 500 to 600 milligrams per day.

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How much is too much?

Up to 400 milligrams  (mg) of caffeine, a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two “energy shot” drinks.

Is coffee good for heart attack patient?

Blood pressure: Drinking coffee —as much as six cups a day—does not increase blood pressure levels long-term. … In fact, drinking coffee on a daily basis may actually reduce arrhythmia risk. Cardiovascular risk: Moderate coffee consumption (1-2 cups a day or more) may decrease risk for heart disease and stroke.

Know it before you drink it. Coffee and your heart.

Is coffee a Stimulant or Stressor? 

The latest research suggests drinking your morning cup is safe for your heart, and may even be good for it.

Caffeine and your Blood Pressure

Studies investigating the effect of coffee on blood pressure have yielded varied results. In general, caffeinated coffee causes a short-term spike in blood pressure in people who don’t drink it regularly. This is because caffeine stimulates the heart and blood vessels, according to the Mayo Clinic. In a 12-year study of more than 1,000 people ages, 18 to 45 who had high blood pressure, those who drank four or more cups of coffee per day were four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. In contrast, long-term studies have shown that most people develop a tolerance to caffeine over time. Reviews of numerous studies show coffee drinkers were no more likely to develop hypertension than abstainers, and those who already had high blood pressure were no more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.

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What about caffeine and your heart rhythm?

Avoid caffeinated energy drinks if you have an abnormal heart rhythm or a history of cardiovascular disease. Unlike coffee, energy drinks combine high doses of caffeine with herbal extracts and potentially dangerous ingredients. “There are clearly many patients in whom arrhythmias worsen related to taking these drinks”.

If you want to do everything possible to keep your heart arrhythmia from negatively affecting your quality of life, it is recommended to switch to decaf coffee. Take this step in addition to making other lifestyle changes as well: exercise regularly, follow a healthy diet, drinking alcohol only in moderation, and losing weight if you’re overweight or obese. All these are possible if you manage to control what you eat. It is true, you are what you eat and from this depends on all our health, mood and lifestyle overall.

A healthy diet that includes a variety of raw vegetables and fruits, will help you keep the pace to a healthier and new you.