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Rising heart beats because of coffee?

By Anonymous February 15, 2019 - 5:10am
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I’m a lady and in 20’s of age. I noticed that whenever I drink coffee my heart beats really fast that I could feel it. This time I tried decaf coffee and I still would get the same thing. Should I quit drinking coffee? Or is this a normal thing?

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing!

Caffeine can cause the heart to beat a bit faster due to the fact that it raises your blood level of epinephrine/adrenaline. Those who drink copious cups of coffee should consider cutting down. It's interesting that this also happened to you while drinking decaf. Remember, however, that decaf still contains a little caffeine.

It may be that you feel your heart beating rapidly without or without caffeine. But caffeine is also found in foods like chocolate, breakfast foods and headache medications. Check your diet.

The only way to know whether the caffeine is causing your heart rate to be faster is to quit it altogether. Give your body about a week or two to adjust and see how you feel. If you feel that your heartbeat is still elevated, call your doctor for advice.


February 15, 2019 - 5:44am
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Anonymous (reply to SusanC)

Can I ask another question? I don’t drink coffee regularly. Only once in a month or once in three months. Could be longer than that. I had decaf mocha so it did contain chocolate in it I suppose but without sugar. This is not the first time that happened to me. So is it because I’m not used to drink coffee, and my body maybe surprises whenever I drink it?

February 15, 2019 - 10:28am
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