Chest pain is serious in any form. Adjust your coffee intake and avoid a trip to the doctor. I rushed to the Emergency thinking I had a heart attack the night before. The cause was not what I had expected.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this article should not be used to treat or diagnose an illness. If you are having chest pains you should see a doctor immediately. The information included within this article is based on my particular case and should be used for informational purposes only.
Your heart “aches”.
Pulling across your chest
You can feel your heartbeat irregularly for a few seconds . Called “palpitations”
Your heartbeat suddenly startles you
Laying on your left side is uncomfortable
What My Doctor Says:
Too much caffeine and/or energy drinks (Commonly coupled with stress or lack of sleep)
A constant, abnormally fast heartbeat can cause muscle damage within the heart, over time.
Other Harmful Drinks:
Mountain Dew and Jolt Cola
Anything with caffeine, guarana, ginseng and especially taurine
Weight loss (metabolism) pills
Additionally, you may find that some energy drinks do not cause you any symptoms of caffeine sensitivity. For example, I can drink RedBull without feeling symptoms of caffeine sensitivity, but the other fore-named drinks cause symptoms for me.
Drink ”half caffeine” coffee. Your local coffee spot will be glad to make you a “1/2 caff” version of your favorite,
Drink only Decaf. (This was my doctor’s orders)
Avoid the above mentioned drinks and stick with water and non-caffeinated soda.
My Trip To The ER
I checked in to the Emergency room complaining of severe “electrical” chest pains I had the night before. They only lasted a second but were terrifying. They took me in right away for an EKG.
My heart rhythm was abnormally fast even after an hour into the EKG.
The doctor asked, “Did you have coffee this morning?” I answered “Yes?” I wondered why this mattered to my case.
She asked, “Do you drink a lot of coffee?” I answered her nosy question…”Yes, about a pot or 2 per day.”
“Ahhhh”, the doctor said, and then asked me to “bear down” like giving childbirth. I did. She had me hold it for what seemed like forever (only 10 seconds or so). When she finally told me to relax I felt my heart jump out of my chest.
After that, my heart rate was normal. I had “tricked” my heart back into a normal rhythm after charging it with mega caffeine for years. The doctor said, “If you ever feel like your heart is pounding out of control, “bear down”. By doing this, you can reset your heart’s rhythm”.
Of course I felt very silly for running to the Emergency Room due a “caffeine overdose”. The doctor said that if my heart rate had stayed that way for much longer, I would have done long-term damage to it.
Please seek medical attention for chest pains. This article is meant for information regarding sensitivity to caffeine.
You may also be interested in:
Shop. Click and Play Games for Charity at Juice My Lemons.com