(09-23-2015, 10:54 AM)justMongo Wrote: I should probably read the article before asking...
Doesn't caffeine exacerbate a-fib in a person who is known to have a-fib?
The doc told my buddy with a-fib that coffee was verboten.
I have a rare skipped beat; and caffeine seems to make that more frequent. I my case the occasional skipped beat is benign; so, I still enjoy good coffee.
Yes, it does - you should avoid caffeine in any form (coffee, tea, chocolate, coke, whatever) if you suffer from a-fib, or pvc/ves or other forms of heartbeat irregularities. However, if you have a healthy heart, go ahead - drink away.
As a rule, it is better to keep away from caffeine no matter what - it is a drug, and an addiction. It does a lot of things to your body that yo might be happier to not have done to it, if you are "clean" you will understand.
I avoid touching the stuff before an op, it makes my hands shake, not such a big deal on big ortho work, when you get out the hammer and chisel (yeah, we are really stone masons and carpenters in this trade), but with an arthroscope, you really don't want even a slight tremor translated down the path of the device.
My advice is moderation if you are healthy in your heart, and stay off it otherwise. Stay off it if you can even if you are healthy (and yes, there are withdrawal symptoms - it is both physiologically and psychologically addictive and can be hell for some people to get off it) but if you are a user, understand the risks and understand that you are indeed a user, not just a harmless imbiber. And realise also that caffeine is hidden, like sugar, in a lot of things where you don't think it is - so be informed and be safe, or you still may be a user unawares.
Oh, and Hi, I am DocWils, and I am an addict. Here is my story.....