Coffee Palpitations – Can Caffeine Cause Heart Palpitations?

A study said that coffee palpitations are accordingly not true but here are some things to know about palpitations.

COFFEE PALPITATIONS – Heart palpitations are irregularities in the heart’s rhythm and here’s what a study said about coffee palpitations.

Palpitations occur for many reasons and this includes what you have consumed.  University of Iowa cardiologist who has a specialization in arrhythmias said that the following can cause such an irregularity:

  • Caffeine-related
  • large quantities of chocolate 
  • increase in alcohol consumption
  • some over-the-counter medications
  • fatigue, stress, and lack of sleep

Now, is there such a thing as palpitations caused by drinking coffee, tea, or chocolate?

Coffee Palpitations
Photo lifted from Metropolitan Cardiovascular Consultants

A  normal resting heart rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute and palpitations are when you feel like your heart is pounding, beating too fast, or fluttering. You feel like your heart is racing, having an extra beat, and flip-flopping.

Some other things that can cause this include emotions, exercise, pregnancy, overactive thyroid, low levels of sugar, potassium, or oxygen, fever, anemia, dehydration, blood loss, nicotine, alcohol, and among others.

However, a study says that caffeine does not cause heart palpitation. This study is published in JAMA Internal Medicine. It analyzed the coffee consumption of over 386,000 people over a three-year period and compared the results with rates of cardiac arrhythmia.

The demographics, lifestyle habits, and diseases and conditions that might cause the heart to flutter were adjusted and it showed that “each additional cup of habitual coffee consumed was associated with a 3% lower risk of incident arrhythmia”.

In a post from Harvard Health, a new study that involved 1,400 older adults on January 26, 2016, the Journal of the American Heart Association, also showed that caffeinated drinks won’t cause palpitations in healthy people.

The authors found as per the post: “Researchers relied on data from food questionnaires and Holter monitors, which recorded each participant’s heart rhythm for a 24-hour period. About 60% of the people in the study said they consumed more than one caffeinated product (coffee, tea, or chocolate) a day. People who consumed more of those products were no more likely to have palpitations than those who imbibed less.”


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