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Forum Name: Arrhythmias

Question: skipped heart beat and caffeine

 jenmonge - Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:01 pm

I wanted to share my story in hopes for helping others and maybe solving my problem. I was a heavy coffee drinker for about ten years when I began experiencing skipped heart beats, heaviness, and breathlessness. When I was tested the skipped beat showed up on the EKG. the doctor sent me home with Zanax for anxiety. (I was not stressed at all until I could'nt breath!) I did not make the connection to caffeine at this time. This year I had several more attacks and was told that I should stop drinking caffeine. Emmediately I felt better. I began drinking herbal tea and again began having symptoms. I read that if the herbal tea contains orange peel or ma hung these are natural caffeines. I am switching to WATER for now on and hoping all of my symptoms go away.
Quick question: Since my very first attack my heart rate seems to drop very low to around 45-50 range. 55 being my normal heart rate now. I am 38 years old and also have a low blood pressure. Should I be concerned about my low heart rate since I am not an athlete and not considered in the best shape? Also, I have never seen a Cardiologist, would you recommend that I see one?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Thu Jan 10, 2008 1:50 pm

User avatar Hi jenmonge,
Some abnormalities in heart rhythms are classified, for example, as premature beats either in the atrium (top chambers of the heart, PAC's) or ventricles (bottm chambers of the heart, PVC's). Not all premature beats are considered significant or serious in nature. Some can be triggered by stimulants, caffeine, nicotine, certain over the counter medications typically usd for cold symptoms, alcohol, etc. Some of course are triggered by actual heart anomolies. The identification or diagnosis of whether a heart disorder does or does not exist is determined by a cardiologist who can identify even the most subtle changes. You may want to inquire regarding a referral from your primary care physician to assure there is no underlying disorder. I hope this answers your questions. Best wishes.
Theresa Jones, RN

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